Medicine Abuse Prevention: What You Can Do Now

It makes a big difference when we each do our part in preventing medicine abuse

We all want our beautiful New Hampshire communities to thrive, and this includes being free of medicine abuse and addiction. It is likely that we’ve all used prescription drugs or over-the-counter (OTC) medicines at some point, to ease an injury or illness – whether to relieve pain or curb a cough. Unfortunately, many young people and adults are abusing these drugs, whether it is for a quick high or they don’t know of other tools to ease their symptoms.

It makes a big difference when we each do our part in preventing medicine abuse and it is our responsibility to consider what we can do now for ourselves, our youth and our beautiful NH communities. Let’s take a look at some things that anyone can do to help:

There is no better time than now to learn more and take action! In addition to the resources shared above, we have gathered a number of other great resources, both national and in New Hampshire, that can help you learn more and show you how to get involved.

October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month is observed during the month of October. The national campaign, sponsored by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), aims to educate parents and youth of the potential dangers associated with prescription and OTC medicine abuse. To learn more about National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, visit


Angela Balamuth
Project Coordinator
Asst Extension Program Mgr
Phone: (603) 290-5307
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824