• Safer medicine is better medicine
  • "A key question that needs to be answered is how do we
    balance relieving pain while mitigating the risk of addiction?
    — Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General
  • "The FDA is extremely concerned about the
    inappropriate use of prescription opioids, which
    is a major public health challenge for our nation."
    — Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Former FDA Commissioner
  • “There’s an epidemic of abuse and addiction of
    these drugs (opioids)…it would certainly be
    hard for this epidemic to get much worse.”
    — Caleb Alexander, Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness
  • “If other manufacturers went to the new delivery
    system (abuse deterrent formulations)…we would
    see a decrease, I believe, in the amount of
    overdoses. It’s not to say it won’t be abused
    but we will save lives.”
    — Joseph Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, US Drug Enforcement Administration

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  • Consumer Safety Tips

    Tip 2

    DO lock up medicine that is at risk for being abused in a cabinet, drawer, or medicine safe.
  • Consumer Safety Tips

    Tip 3

    DO keep medicine in a cool, dry place that is out of the reach of children.
  • Consumer Safety Tips

    Tip 4

    DO store medicine in its original container - the label on the bottle provides important information about the medicine.
  • Consumer Safety Tips

    Tip 5

    DO keep an updated list of all prescription medicine in your home. Take an inventory at least twice a year - when clocks 'spring' forward in the spring and 'fall' back in autumn, for example. Downloadable medication inventory sheet
  • Consumer Safety Tips

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    DO talk to your community pharmacist about how to properly dispose of unused or unwanted medicine. Additionally, you can access disposal information online at www.fda.gov by searching for "Rx drug disposal."
  • Consumer Safety Tips

    Tip 7

    DON'T leave medicine in places that are easily accessible to children or pets.
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    Tip 8

    DON'T store medicine in a bathroom medicine cabinet where humidity and temperature changes can cause damage.
  • Consumer Safety Tips

    Tip 9

    DON'T share prescription medicine. Healthcare professionals prescribe specific medicine for individuals based on personal medical histories and other health factors. A medicine that works for one person may cause harm - even death - to someone else, even if symptoms are similar.
  • Consumer Safety Tips

    Tip 10

    DON'T take medicine in front of children who often mimic adults.
  • Consumer Safety Tips

    Tip 1

    DO ask your community pharmacist if any of the medicine you have been prescribed may have the potential for abuse.
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