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Talking Points for Medical Professionals

Healthcare providers, pharmacists and retailers play a key role in preventing prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) drug misuse and abuse and can take action to prevent teen Rx and OTC drug abuse.

Role of the pharmacist

  • Provide clear information and advice about how to take a medication appropriately.
  • Provide information about the effects the medication may have and any possible drug interactions.
  • Help prevent Rx fraud by looking for false or altered forms.


Role of the healthcare provider

  • Be aware of symptoms of Rx and OTC medication abuse.
  • Educate parents, young people and other caregivers about taking medications as directed.
  • Ask patients direct questions about any Rx or OTC medicine use or abuse.
  • Provide your medical expertise as part of a local anti-drug coalition.


Role of the retailer

  • Be a diligent observer in your store.
  • Educate your employees and customers about Rx and OTC abuse.
  • Work with loss prevention experts to identify in-store problems and address them.
  • Partner with a local anti-drug coalition.


(*Sample of Rx handout included in packet for each sale or at counter)

Last updated: 11/12/2012 10:27 AM