Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Medications are often life savers. When we are sick, we go see a doctor and we are prescribed medicines that help us feel better.

 Drug Abuse

What are prescription drugs?

Prescription medicine is a legal drug that requires a medical prescription to be dispensed. In contrast over-the-counter drugs can be obtained without a prescription.

 

Why are there these restrictions?

Prescription drugs require a medical note because of the presence of controlled substances with great potential for drug abuse and misuse. These controlled substances have a great potential for addictive. 

 

What is prescription drug abuse?

Prescription drug abuse refers to the non-medical use of prescription medications including:

  • Taking prescription medications not prescribed to you

  • Sharing medications with other individuals

  • Taking prescription medications in a different way than recommended by a doctor (i.e. in a different manner or dosage other than prescribed)

 

What are the concerns?

The human body has the potential to become addicted to various prescription drugs when misused. The prolonged use of prescription medications without doctor’s supervision can lead to dependence. This means that a person needs to use prescription drugs to feel okay.

Once the body builds resistance and can no longer get the desired feeling, heroin becomes the drug of choice.

 

What can you do?

  • Be informed - Learn about the dangers of prescription drugs. 

  • Be aware – Know the signs of prescription drug abuse

  • Take Action –Dispose of your unused, unwanted and expired medicines at the Secaucus Rx medicine drop box, located in the Secaucus Police Station lobby.