Rx4Life is About

A community coming together: industry leaders, social and public services providers, health professionals, educators, and individuals to address a growing problem of addiction and hidden drug abuse. Of immediate concern are prescription drugs used to treat pain. These commonly abused prescription drugs include:

  • oxycodone (OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet)
  • propoxyphene (Darvon)
  • hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet)
  • hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • meperidine (Demerol)
  • methadone

In the short term, these drugs block pain messages and cause drowsiness. A large single dose can cause severe respiratory depression and death. Long-term use leads to physical dependence and, in some cases, addiction. To learn more about safely disposing of prescription medication, click here.

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