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Over-the-Counter Drugs

What are you doing to prevent prescription drug abuse?

One of the most serious threats to our youth may be lurking on your shelves. Prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse is on the rise. Today’s youth have the perception that over-the –counter and prescription drugs are a “safe” alternative to other illicit drugs. This is untrue and poses an immediate threat to our communities. Helping Services is working hard to decrease over-the-counter misuse and abuse by partnering with local pharmacies and businesses that sell these medications. It is with your help that we can educate the pubic, employees and youth about the dangers associated with over-the-counter medications.

5 Ways Your Store Can Help 1. Provide clear information on the side effects of over-thecounter and prescription drugs. 2. Place over-the-counter medications in plain view of cash registers or store staff. 3. Be aware of “frequent shoppers” 4. Watch people’s behaviors and items they purchase.

We Can Help You Helping Services can provide you and your staff the following services to reduce youth access to over-the-counter drugs: 

Educational Material

Workplace policy development trainings

Current over-thecounter drug trend trainings

5. Have helpline numbers available to customers throughout the store.

Contact Helping Services if you

would like additional information on substance abuse trends and prevention efforts.

Funded through a Comprehensive Substance Abuse Prevention Grant from the Iowa Dept. of Public Health

So what is your part? Provide ongoing trainings to your staff about the potential dangers of over-the-counter medications, discuss where your medications are being placed within the store or develop a plan to address a customer who is buying too much medication. Together we can create safe and healthy communities free from over-the-counter drug abuse.

5 Ways Pharmacies Can Prevent OTC Abuse  

Preventing drug abuse takes effort from every direction. This flyer helps pharmacies identify five ways they can be a prevention advocate.