Look in your medicine cabinet and you’ll see every prescription bottle includes a label with the name of the drug, the dosage, instructions, and perhaps most importantly, the name of the patient for which it’s intended.
July 30, 2019
Unfortunately, we’re seeing the dangerous consequences of what can happen, most notably with the current Opioid Crisis declared by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS estimates over 11 million people misused prescription opioids in 2017.
The abuse of prescription medications stretches beyond opioids. It’s not uncommon for teenagers and college students to share their ADHD medication (Source: 1), and families stockpile prescription painkillers at home “just in case” (Source: 2). Even sharing antibiotics could be dangerous.
Before you share your prescriptions or take something that’s not prescribed to you, consider these warnings from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists:
In short, use only prescription medications that have your name on the label. Keep your family safe by throwing away unused medications properly and by not sharing your prescriptions.