Respect the power of medications. Take as prescribed.
Do not take prescription medications without medical approval. Like illicit drugs, prescription medications can be dangerous with potentially serious consequences if misused or abused.
Prescription drug misuse means taking a prescription in a dosage other than directed, or taking someone else’s prescription. Prescription medications are intended to be taken only by the individual the medication is prescribed for, to treat or manage certain illnesses and conditions.
Prescription drug abuse indicates taking a prescription medication recreationally.
Both can be extremely dangerous.
Studies have shown that students who have used and abused prescription medications were more likely to have used illegal drugs.
Listen to some of your peers discuss their experience with prescription abuse.
While prescription drug misuse and abuse is a growing problem, know that the majority of college students do not abuse prescription medication.
Get advice from other students on healthier ways to deal with stress.
The following partners have collaborated
to provide you with this information on how to
safely use prescription medications:
The UHC Fontaine Center
UHC Health Promotion Department
UGA College of Pharmacy