The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic.
Some individuals who misuse prescription drugs, particularly teens, believe these substances are safer than other drugs because they are prescribed by a healthcare professional and dispensed by a pharmacist. Addressing the prescription drug abuse will also help build a safer, healthier community.
You can help!
Properly dispose of all medication. A drop box is available at the Oregon Police Station. OregonCARES also can provide you with mailing envelopes or disposal kits.
If you have medications that could be abused in your home, consider using a lock box to securely store them. OregonCARES has lock boxes available!
Talk to your kids. It’s important that our children learn about the use and abuse of prescription drugs.
Help us change the perception that experimenting with prescription drugs for recreational purposes is safer than the use of illicit drugs. Because these medications are prescribed by doctors, many assume that they are safe to take under any circumstances. This is not the case: prescription drugs act directly or indirectly on the same brain systems affected by illicit drugs; thus their abuse carries substantial addiction liability and can lead to a variety of other adverse health effects.