- Since 2000, the number of deaths due to overdose of prescription pain medication increased 398%.
- Over the last decade, prescription pain medications have been responsible for more drug deaths in Utah than all other drugs combined.
- Opioids contribute to approximately three out of four drug overdose deaths.
- In 2014, 24 Utah adults died per month and 820 Utahns were hospitalized as a result of prescription opioid misuse and abuse.1,2
- In 2015, 74% of Utah adults reported obtaining a prescription medication, without a doctor’s prescription, from a friend or family member.
TIPS FOR SAFE USE OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS
- Tell your healthcare provider about ALL medicines and supplements you take.
- Never take medication that is not prescribed to you.
- Never share your prescription medications.
- Never take your medications more often or in higher doses than prescribed or directed.
- Know the potential harmful interactions of drinking alcohol while taking specific medications.
- Taking prescription or over-the-counter medications with depressants such as sleep aids, anti-anxiety medications, or cold medicine can be dangerous.
- Properly dispose of all unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Utah Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Program.
- Utah Inpatient Hospital Discharge Data, Retrieved Feb 2015 from Utah Department of Health, Office of Health Care Statistics, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health.