House Calls

FALL 2016

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Think prescription painkillers are safe since they're prescribed by a doc? According to the Foundation for a Drug Free World, overdoses from prescription pain medicine, or opioids, kill more people annually than do heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine combined. The Foundation also notes that every day, 2,500 American youths between age 12 and 17 abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time— oftentimes finding the pills in the family medicine cabinet. As with OTC medicine, Rx pills—ADHD medications included—should be stored in a safe, preferably locked, location out of children's reach. Experts recommend keeping track of how many pills from the bottle have been administered, and say to never save any leftover prescription pain medications (see page 26 for how to safely dispose of unused pills). SAFEGUARD YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS Scholastic reports that the majority of adolescents begin to self-medicate between 11-12 YEARS OLD 58,546 ER VISITS in 2011 were caused by adolescents self-administering medications, according to these incidents are PREVENTABLE OTC DRUGS 34% Be sure your entire family is label literate and administers meds with caution. Here's why: and that by age 16, approximately of all ER visits caused by medication overdose in 2011 were from 90% of adolescents are SELF-ADMINISTERING OTC medications unsupervised self-administration can lead to incorrect use in individuals UNDER THE AGE OF 18 [ Talk you your children about how using OTC and prescription medicines incorrectly can cause harm and even death. ] CLUE THEM IN! ONE-THIRD OF THE POPULATION has basic or below-basic health literacy ABUSE ALERT The most commonly abused prescription painkillers include oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) and hydrocodone (Vicodin), both of which are often prescribed for dental and injury-related pain. For additional tips on keeping your kids safe around medicines, visit—an initiative backed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 28 { fall 2016 } h o u s e c a l l s -U.S. Department of Health & Human Services -U.S. Department of Health & Human Services I L L U S T R A T I O N B Y J A L I S A I S O M

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