Prescription drug abuse has become one of the greatest challenges of our time. Did you know that in the United States someone dies every 19 minutes from prescription drug abuse?

Prescription medications should only be taken by the person for whom they are prescribed. These medicines, including painkillers, tranquilizers and stimulants, can have serious side effects when used improperly, including addiction and even death. Unfortunately, many kids who abuse prescription drugs start by experimenting with whatever they happen to find around the house.

So start by getting rid of all prescription medications in your house that you are no longer taking or that are out of date. Drop your medications off at the free drug drop box located in- side The Dalles Police Department. Talk to your healthcare Professional about any prescription medications that you may be taking that have the potential for abuse. You may want to keep them in a secure place only you know about.

If you don’t want your children to abuse prescription drugs, do your part and talk to them about the potential dangers and dispose of all medications properly.

 

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