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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.

In 2017 in Florida, 6,932 individuals died with one or more prescription drugs in their system.

What Can Prescribing Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy Providers do?

  • Talk with patients about the dangers and risks of prescription painkillers, especially those that include opioids.
  • Offer alternative prescription painkiller options (those that don’t include opioids) to patients.
  • Make sure patients are aware of the high risk of misuse, especially among young people ages 12-25.
  • Reinforce that patients should take medicine only if it has been prescribed for them by their doctor, physician, dentist, or prescribing medical professional.
  • Reinforce that patients should take medication only as directed. They should never adjust the schedule or dosage on their own.
  • Encourage patients to store prescription painkillers securely – ideally, locked in a cabinet or drawer.
  • Dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted medication properly.

Resources for Prescribing Medical Providers

Learn more about the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), also known as “E-FORCSE.” The Florida Department of Health administers the PDMP which provides a powerful clinical tool for prescribers and pharmacists to monitor their patients’ prescribed controlled substance history, make informed decisions, and reduce drug abuse within the state.

Get the facts on the dangers of prescription painkiller misuse and share them with your patients. Additionally, you can refer to the Florida Department of Health for more information on combatting the opioid crisis in Florida.

Share Drug Take Back locations near you and encourage patients to dispose of any expired or unwanted prescription painkillers.


Download and post or distribute the free Dose of Reality informational and educational materials for medical, dental, and pharmaceutical communities, designed for you to use in communicating with your patients.