Medicine Abuse Prevention: What You Can Do Now
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:
- Safe use, storage and disposal of medicines. It is important to use, store and dispose of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription pain medication safely.
- National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. The next event is happening on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Locate a collection site near you.
- Dispose of extra, unwanted or expired prescription drugs safely and securely at a local prescription drug collection box. Locate a drop box near you.
- Seek out and try alternative pain management strategies before relying on medication or if needed, as part of a safe pain medication treatment plan.
- Our free Living Well with Chronic Pain workshop series is a great option for NH residents that will help you learn the tools needed to manage your pain and symptoms.
- Learn more about overdose prevention to help you or a loved one avoid opioid overdose and learn what to do in case of an overdose.
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.
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 www.PreventMedAbuse.org.