How can I prevent a prescription painkiller overdose?

About 19 women die every day of a prescription painkiller overdose in the U.S. You can prevent overdose in the following ways:

  • Avoid taking prescription painkillers more often than prescribed.
  • Dispose of medications properly, as soon as the course of treatment is done, and avoid keeping prescription painkillers or sedatives around "just in case."
  • Help prevent misuse and abuse by not selling or sharing prescription drugs. Never use another person's prescription drugs.
  • Get help for substance abuse problems by calling 1-800-662-HELP. Call Poison Help 1-800-222-1222 if you have questions about medicines. 

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