Things Every Coloradan Should Know About Prescription Drug Abuse

Things Every Coloradan Should Know About Prescription Drug Abuse

We are proud to be the hometown pharmacy that Coloradans have trusted to fill their prescriptions and supply their natural supplements for over 30 years. However, we’re not afraid to say that a lot has changed about our world, and the healthcare industry, since we first opened our doors in 1985. For one thing, prescription drug abuse is on the rise, along with rampant overprescription and “doctor shopping” that fuels it. It’s our desire to see prescription medication, supplements, and medical equipment used to help people feel better, not to negatively affect their lives because of abuse. To that end, we work hard to educate our customers and clients about the dangers of prescription drug use and how to avoid it from creeping into their lives. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the prescriptions we provide.

Shocking Statistics About Prescription Drug Abuse In America

  • In the US alone, more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs.
  • 52 million Americans over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime.
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs—both illicit and prescribed.
  • Most abused prescription drugs fall under 3 categories: painkillers – 5.1 million; tranquilizers/depressants – 2.2 million; stimulants – 1.1 million.
  • 54.2% of prescription drug users get them free from a friend or relative.
  • Medical emergencies resulting from prescription drug abuse increased 132% over the last seven years, with opioid involvement rising 183%.

Statistics provided by Foundation for Drug-Free World, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence.

Ways To Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse In Your Home

In America, abusing prescriptions meant to help your body heal or mitigate the symptoms of chronic condition is painfully common. This problem permeates all aspects of our society, regardless of socioeconomic status. Abusing prescriptions can result in addiction, injury, loss of job or relationships, and even death, which is why Good Day Pharmacy is dedicated to doing everything we can to preventing it among our pharmacy customers. But that alone isn’t enough. To combat this epidemic, it’s necessary for you, the consumer, to do your part as well. Here are some suggestions from the CDC:

  • Only use prescription painkillers as directed by a health care provider.
  • Keep prescriptions drugs in a secure place and dispose of them properly as soon as they’ve expired.
  • Do not sell or share prescription painkillers with other people.
  • If you or or someone you care about has a prescription drug abuse problem, please contact 1-800-662-HELP to find treatment resources.

Let Good Day Pharmacy Fill All Of Your Prescriptions!

The above concerns about prescription drug abuse are very serious, but together, we can keep our homes and families free of these addiction problems. Good Day Pharmacy takes great caution in the way we fill, dispense, and educate our customers about their prescriptions so that we can all achieve better health together. Contact us with any questions or visit one of our nine Colorado locations today!