Prescription drug misuse is expanding national problem. It is a growing trend that is fueled by misconceptions about prescription drug safety and increasing availability and are misused and abused more often than any other drug, except marijuana and alcohol.
If a medication is taken in a way that is different from what the doctor prescribed, it is considered an abuse of that medication.
Better Brodhead raises awareness about prescription drugs. Posters and banners have been put up around town and information was available at parent-teacher conferences.
What is considered prescription-drug abuse?
Prescription-drug abuse includes:
- Taking a medication that was prescribed for someone else.
- Taking the medicine in a different way than you are supposed to. This might be crushing tablets and snorting or injecting them.
- Using the medicine for another purpose, such as getting high.
Every medicine has some risk of side effects. Doctors take this into account when prescribing medicines. People who abuse these drugs may not understand the risks.
Abusing some prescription drugs can lead to addiction. Currently four out of five new heroin users started with prescription painkillers.
Unused medicine can be disposed of 24/7 at the drug drop box in the lobby of the Brodhead Police Department, 1004 W Exchange St.