Prevent Alcohol & Prescription Drug Overdose


Alcohol affects every organ in the body. Take a minute to rethink your drink.

Know your limits. Drinking in moderation is defined as having no more than 1 alcoholic drink per day for women and no more than 2 alcoholic drinks per day for men.
Choose nonalcoholic beverages if you:
Are recovering from alcoholism or are unable to control the amount you drink
May become pregnant or are pregnant
Plan to drive, operate machinery, or take part in other activities that require attention, skill, alertness, and coordination
Are taking prescription or over-the-counter medications that can interact with alcohol
Have certain medical conditions
Are younger than 21

Every day in the United States, 120 people die as a result of drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency departments for the misuse or abuse of drugs. Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs. Take a few minutes to:

Discuss all medications you are taking (including over-the-counter) with your health provider.
Use prescription drugs only as directed by a health care provider, and store them in a secure place.
Dispose of medications properly, as soon as the course of treatment is done. Do not keep prescription medications around "just in case."
Help prevent misuse and abuse by not selling or sharing prescription drugs. Never use another person's prescription drugs.
Discuss pregnancy plans with your health provider before taking prescription painkillers.
Follow directions on the label when you give or take medicines.
Get help for substance abuse problems (1-800- 662-HELP); call Poison Help (1-800-222-1222) for questions about medicines.

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