Alcohol & Other Drugs

Prescription Drugs

The Facts

Most people take medications responsibly and as prescribed. When misused, abused, or taken by someone other than the patient for whom the medication was prescribed, these drugs can produce serious adverse health effects including addiction and death.

Is misusing or abusing prescription drugs affecting your life? If you or someone you know needs help, consider making an appointment with the Counseling Center or Student Health Services.

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