Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council today launched its Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Week during National Safety Month, an annual observance to increase education about the top causes of preventable injuries and deaths in June.
Unintentional drug overdoses are one of the fastest-rising causes of death, occurring mostly among adults ages 25 to 44. Each year, an estimated 25,000 deaths occur from unintentional overdoses of over-the-counter, prescription and illegal drugs. A majority of these deaths are from the misuse of prescription drugs, including oxycodone, methadone and hydrocodone.
Poison prevention tips for adults and children:
- Always follow the recommended dosage prescribed by your doctor.
- Tell all doctors about medications prescribed by other doctors.
- Don’t share medications.
- Use child-resistant caps to protect children.
- Dispose of any unused or expired medications.
The National Safety Council has additional materials to help stop prescription drug overdoses. Posters, tip sheets and more are available for free download. For more information on National Safety Month, visit nsc.org/nsm.
The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.