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Rx Drug Safety
Understanding the potential risks and how to take, store and dispose of powerful medications like opioids properly can help avoid serious risks.
Did you know that one person dies every 20 minutes from an opioid overdose?
In fact, prescription drug overdoses kill more Oklahomans than motor vehicle crashes. And, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, prescription painkillers (opioids) are the most common class of drugs involved in overdose deaths in Oklahoma.
When prescribed and used appropriately for short periods of time, opioid medications are generally safe and useful for managing acute pain. However, extended use can lead to dependence and/or addiction, and not taking them as prescribed can result in serious side effects, including overdose and death.
Understanding the potential risks and how to take, store and dispose of these powerful medications properly can help avoid serious risks. Following the simple tips below can help keep you and your family safe:
Tips for Safe Use of Prescription Pain Medications
When prescribed a new medication, make sure your doctor is aware of all other medications you take.
Proper Storage and Disposal
Safe Storage Guidelines
More information can be found the Think SMART Oklahoma website, thinksmartok.org.
Think SMART Oklahoma is sponsored by Community Action Network, which receives funding via the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success and Rx Grants provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).