Prescription drug abuse can be prevented by taking the following steps:

Only use prescription drugs as directed by a doctor or healthcare provider.

Keep prescription medications in a secure place and out of reach of children and others who may abuse them.

Properly dispose of unused prescription medications by participating in a drug take-back program or using medication disposal methods recommended by local law enforcement agencies.

Do not share prescription medications with others, even if they have similar symptoms.

Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider if you have concerns about the potential for addiction or abuse of a prescription medication.

If you have a history of substance abuse, inform your doctor or healthcare provider before starting a new prescription medication.

Avoid using prescription drugs recreationally or in combination with other substances, such as alcohol or illicit drugs.

Seek help if you or someone you know is struggling with prescription drug abuse or addiction. Resources such as hotlines, support groups, and treatment programs are available to assist individuals in overcoming addiction.