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SOURCE National Safety Council
During National Safety Month, NSC urges Americans to take precautions when taking prescription painkillers
ITASCA, Ill., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for Americans ages 25 to 64. Opioid prescription painkillers – legally obtainable drugs that are sitting in many medicine cabinets – account for most of these fatal drug overdoses.
During National Safety Month, the National Safety Council urges Americans to take precautions when taking prescription painkillers. Follow these five tips from Dr. Don Teater, NSC medical advisor, to help reduce the risk of developing an addiction to, or overdosing from, prescription painkillers:
"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 NSC. "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."
National Safety Month encourages safe behaviors to prevent the leading causes of unintentional injuries and deaths. The Council's National Safety Month campaign includes free downloadable materials on preventing prescription drug abuse. Visit nsc.org/nsm to get involved.
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.
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