Many medicine cabinets contain outdated or unused prescription drugs. When taken as prescribed, the pills or capsules provide health benefits. If misused, they can contribute to accidental poisonings or overdoses.
Despite the frequent warnings by physicians and drug companies, many people are comfortable using drugs prescribed for others.
National surveys show how widespread the problem has become:
• More Americans abuse prescription drugs than those who abuse cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined.
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