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)