Prescription Drug Misuse

Prescription Drug Misuse

The Real Stark Truth of the Modern Opiate Epidemic.....
was a conference that took place on 05/02/2014 at Mason City Hall, MI.

Below are resources and presentations in PDF format from the conference.

Prescription Drug Misuse is defined as taking medicine that is not prescribed to you, or taking prescription medication in a way that it was not intended for. Prescription Drug Misuse is on the rise in the Nation, Michigan and our own community.

About 80% of people that misuse prescription drugs get the medications from friends and family through theft, buying or being given the medication.

The first step in reducing our community prescription drug misuse problem is to properly dispose of any prescription drugs that are not being used. Prescription medication disposal options for Ingham County can be found on the Take Back Meds website. If you take prescription drugs, lock them up and do not store them in view of guests. Theft occurs most often from medicine cabinets or in the kitchen.

The second step to impact this problem is to follow the other recommendations on this page. Please take time to view some of these links and options and decide what the next step is for you to take to help reduce Prescription Drug Misuse in Ingham County.

Click Here for Prescription Drug Disposal Options via Capital Area Take Back Meds

Nationwide Action

Trends in Prescription Drugs

  1. A Response to the Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse 
  2. Prescription Drugs: Abuse & Addiction 
  3. Prescription Drug Lifecycle 
  4. Trends in Prescription Drug Use & Abuse 
  5. Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Chart

Teens & Parents

Above the Influence is a state of mind. It's about being yourself and not letting negative influences get to you. Pressure to drink, do drugs or do anything that goes against who you are in order to fit in - that's negative influence. And if you're one of the teens who wants to stay above it, you've come to the right spot. (link:

Drug Free (link:

Up & Away (link:

Mason - Capital Area Prescription Drug Task Force

The Mason Capital Area Prescription Drug Task Force mission is to raise awareness of our country's fastest growing narcotic problem - prescription drug abuse. Through networking with medical professionals, legislators, public safety, courts, civic groups, schools, families and friends we are advocating prescription medication practices that enhance family and community safety.