Safe Use

Safe Use Starts With You

PROPERLY USE PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS AND OTHER MEDICATIONS

STEPS FOR SAFE

USE OF MEDICATIONS

IF YOUR CHILD/ADOLESCENT

HAS A PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION

Steps for Safe Use of Prescriptions

1. TALK

Speak up and ask questions


  • Keep a list of all medications & supplements that you are taking and share this information with your doctor & pharmacist

  • Mention any questions, concerns, or hesitations about a medication with your doctor before use

  • Talk with your children about any medications they are taking and teach them about safe use of medications

2. KNOW

Learn about your medications


  • Know the risks and side effects associated with using opioids or other medications

  • Understand what your medications look like and know how to store them properly in your household

3. READ

Examine labels and follow directions


  • Only take opioids that are prescribed to you
  • Do not take someone else's medication or give away your own medication
  • Never take opioids in higher doses than prescribed or directed
  • Listen to your pharmacist and doctor whenever instructions are given

4. AVOID

Be aware of drug-drug interactions


  • Understand how opioids or other medications might interact with each other. This includes alcohol, other prescriptions, over the counter medications, and vitamins & supplements

  • Multiple use of medications can be dangerous. Make sure your doctor is aware of everything you are taking

5. MONITOR

Stay in contact with your doctor


  • Monitor the effect of a medication on your body or others who are taking a medication

  • Contact your medical provider if you need to change a dosage

  • Reach out to your doctor or healthcare professional with any questions or concerns

If your child or adolescent has a prescription medication:

Be certain that you are holding onto the bottle or source of medication

Be certain that you are holding onto the bottle or source of medication

Administer the dose and lock the medicine in between doses

Administer the dose and lock the medicine in between doses

Place the medications up and away and out of sight from everyone

Place the medications up and away and out of sight from everyone

Monitor your medicine cabinet or the place where your medications are hidden

Monitor your medicine cabinet or the place where your medications are hidden

Discard your leftovers properly at a take back location near you

Discard your leftovers properly at a take back location near you

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