Edited from a Press Release

CHARLESTON, WV – Many people in West Virginia have been affected by prescription drug abuse, including children and teens. Around the nation, nearly one in four teens have misused or abused prescription drugs.

How do you know if a prescription medicine can be abused?  A prescription drug which can be abused is called a controlled substance.  By law, pharmacists must place the following words on the label or sticker of a bottle containing a controlled substance: “CAUTION: Federal law prohibits the transfer of this drug to any person other than the patient for whom it was prescribed.”  Examples of prescriptions with this labeling include hydrocodone for pain, lorazepam for sleep or anxiety, and lisdexamphetamine for hyperactivity.

The West Virginia Poison Center offers the following recommendations:

About the West Virginia Poison Center:

The West Virginia Poison Center provides comprehensive emergency poison information, prevention and educational resources to West Virginians 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The WVPC is staffed by nurses, pharmacists and physicians with special training in treatment of poisonings. Located in Charleston, WV, the WVPC is a part of the West Virginia University-Charleston Division.  Toll-free:1-800-222-1222. Website: www.wvpoisoncenter.org.




For more information, the media may contact Carissa McBurney, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 304.347.1379, 304.552.6338 (cell phone) or cmcburney@hsc.wvu.edu.