Medications in Your Home

Last Updated: Friday, October 26, 2018

woman looking into medicine cabinet

Prescription and over- the-counter medications are legal products that should be used only as directed. 

Unfortunately, many teens are using them to get high. According to a national survey, 16.8 percent of high school students took a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription one or more times during their life. (Source: Youth Risk Behavior Survey, CDC, 2015)

Prescription Drug Misuse

A prescription drug is a drug that is available only with authorization from a healthcare practitioner or a pharmacist. The most misused prescription drugs fall under three categories: 


Medications that relieve pain such as Vicodin®, OxyContin®, or codeine.


Substances that can slow brain activity such as benzodiazepines used to relieve anxiety or help someone sleep, like Valium® or Xanax®.


Substances that increase attention and alertness and are used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall® or Ritalin®.

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications 

Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are drugs you can buy without a prescription. They are safe and effective when you follow the directions on the label and as directed by your health care professional. 


See photos of various prescription medication below:

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