From the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
Patients. Patients can take steps to ensure that they use prescription medications appropriately by:
Additionally, patients should properly discard unused or expired medications by following U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines or visiting U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration collection sites.57 In addition to describing their medical problem, patients should always inform their health care professionals about all the prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, and dietary and herbal supplements they are taking before they obtain any other medications.
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Tip: Misusing prescription drugs can be harmful to your health and impact your participation in sports
Only take medications that are prescribed to you and follow instructions from the doctor carefully. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs including sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs and cough and cold remedies can be harmful to your health if you don’t take the medication as directed. Do not take any medications that are prescribed to someone else, side effects can include nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite or even vision loss.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids provides key takeaways for parents on how to address school stress and anxiety as it relates to possible unprescribed medications:
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