It is important to get your “Dose of Reality” about the risks and dangers of using prescription painkillers, as well as the signs of misuse, before it becomes a problem for you or your loved ones.
Always Follow Safe Medication Use Tips
Do not share your prescription painkillers or other medications with anyone.
Do not take someone else’s prescription medication.
Store your prescription painkillers and other medications securely.
Safely dispose of expired, unused, or unwanted prescription medications.
When Picking up a Prescription
Read and examine the label.
Count the number of pills in the bottle and be sure it matches the amount indicated on the label.
If the label describes what the pills should look like, make sure what is in the bottle matches. If not, tell the pharmacist.
When picking up a refill, examine the pills to be sure they look the same as the last batch.
If there are questions about the ingredients, warnings, directions, or anything else having to do with the prescription, ask the pharmacist.
When Taking Medication at Home
Take medications only for as long as they’re needed, and never more than directed by the prescribing medical professional.
Always double check the label to be sure the correct pill is being taken.
Do not crush pills unless instructed to do so by the doctor or pharmacist.
If Something Goes Wrong
If you take too large of a dose and are experiencing the signs of overdose, call 9-1-1immediately.
Naloxone is a FDA approved medication designed to reverse an opioid overdose while you wait for emergency medical help to arrive. In Florida, Naloxone may be acquired by (1) being prescribed by a doctor or (2) visiting one of the nearly 150 organizations who offer naloxone, free-of-charge. To learn more about Naloxone and where you can find one of the free-of-charge dispensing locations, click here.
If you are not experiencing an overdose, but accidentally took the wrong, or too much, medication, call the poison control center immediately at 1-800-222-1222.
If you or someone you know has an adverse reaction to a new prescription, call your doctor immediately.
If you miss a dose, call your doctor for instructions.