-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Powerful prescription
painkillers known as opioids are often involved in accidental
overdoses, so experts offer tips on how to take these highly
addictive medications safely.
"Prescription painkiller misuse is a growing epidemic. However, most people who abuse these drugs are struggling with an addiction they never intended to have," said John Ulczycki, vice president of strategic initiatives at the National Safety Council. "This National Safety Month, we hope to educate Americans on proper use so they can relieve pain without the tragic consequences of drug dependence or death."
Dr. Don Teater, a medical advisor at the National Safety Council
provided the following five tips to help ensure the safe use of
The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse provides more
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