Risk Reduction

Prescription Drug Abuse Risk Factors

Common risk factors of prescription drug abuse include the following as provided by Cardinal Health and Generation Rx:

• “Some prescription drugs can be extremely addicting.”
• “About 100 Americans die every day from unintentional drug overdoses, mostly resulting from prescription drug abuse, equating to about one death every 15 minutes.”
• “A growing campus culture of self-diagnosis and self-prescribing has the potential to cause negative health effects and lead to the dangers of prescription drug abuse.”
• “Students who use prescription drugs non-medically have a significantly higher risk for drug abuse.”
• "When you share your prescription medications with others, you could be liable if that person is harmed."
• "Using medications like Vicodin®, Adderall®, or Xanax® that aren't prescribed for you is against federal and state laws."

Hints for ways to turn down medications

• Use humor.
• Use or make-up a personal story as to why you avoid the non-medical use of prescription drugs.
• Mention alternatives you think would work better to achieve the desired effect of the drug.
• Don’t be afraid to be your own person and not follow what others may be doing.