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Prescription drug abuse is the intentional use of a medication without a prescription; in a way other than prescribed; or for the feeling it causes. (NIDA)

In the United States one person dies every 19 minutes from prescription drugs. (CDC)

  • Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month. (CDC)

  • 12 million Americans abused prescription painkillers in 2009. (CDC)

  • Prescription painkillers killed nearly 15,000 people in the US in 2008. (CDC) They kill more people than street drugs or motor vehicle accidents.

  • Pain meds (e.g., Oxycontin) are the most abused prescriptions. Also commonly abused are depressants (e.g., Xanax), stimulants (e.g., Adderall), and over-the-counter meds for cough (e.g., DXM), allergy, sleep, weight-loss and motion sickness. (NIDA)

At least seven Floridians die every day from prescription drugs.


See this Public Service Announcement from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

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Support Safe Rx

Many people who abuse prescriptions get them from family and friends.  Act now to protect your family. Ask grandparents and parents of your teens' friends to do the same.

Monitor: Take inventory, count pills, keep track of refills, and control access.

Secure: Remove medications from medicine cabinet, nightstand and purse; secure well, preferably in a locked cabinet.

Dispose of unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medicines at the nearest Rx drug disposal sites

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How well do you know your medicine cabinet?

Take the quizz and find out how well you know your medicine cabinet.

Quiz results, Children's Summit, 2013.


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Opioids for Chronic Pain: Addiction is NOT Rare


Florida Coalition Alliance (FCA)  Manatee Chamber of Commerce (MCC)

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

Florida Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association (FADAA)



Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Florida Department of Children and Families (DCP)