As the semester is coming to an end, it’s important to spread awareness of the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. Finals is a time when prescription drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin are misused and abused at a much higher rate than any other time during the semester. Many students don’t take into consideration the consequences related to doing this. Not only is it harmful to the body along with increasing the chance of addiction, but it is also illegal if it’s not prescribed for the individual specifically. Encourage others to have a drug-free finals week!
Additionally, even if you do have a prescribed medication, it’s extremely important to take them safely. The Georgia Department of Public Health created a list of ways to safely take legally prescribed opioids:
- Never take more than the prescribed dose.
- If you miss a dose, do not take a double dose to catch up.
- Do not combine opioids with alcohol.
- Do not combine opioids with other medications or drugs unless your doctor has said it is OK.
- Stop taking opioid medications as soon as your doctor agrees they are no longer needed.
- Always follow the prescribed directions.
- When taking liquid doses, use an accurate measuring device and measure out only the prescribed amount.
- Use the medication only in the form in which it was prescribed.
- Never use another person’s prescription or share your prescription with others.
- Do not drive a car or operate heavy machinery.
We hope all students do great on their finals! Have a wonderful end of the semester, and enjoy your well-deserved holiday break!Back to Blog