The National Institute on Drug Abuse provides information about the most commonly abused drugs, including; alcohol, cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, tobacco, and others. Learn more about emerging trends in drug abuse, as well as the acute effects and health risks associated with each substance.
The Washington State Attorney General's Office warns that prescription drug abuse is an epidemic, causing more deaths annually than those from meth, cocaine, and heroin combined. Prescription painkillers are dangerous due to their potential addictive qualities, potentially fatal overdose symptoms, and easy accessibility in home medicine cabinets and drawers.
The SAMA Foundation urges every one to follow three simple steps: Check, Lock, Dispose. Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether your prescriptions are safe.
1. Are my prescription medications stored in a locked, secure location such as a cabinet or safe?
2. Am I making sure that no one else is using my prescription medication?
3. Have I been keeping track of quantities of my prescription medications?
Do I know how many pills are in my bottle or packet?
4. Am I sticking to the recommended refill schedule?
5. Are any of my prescription medications expired?
6. Do I properly dispose of my prescription medication?
Did you know?: The Pullman Police Department offers a secure drug disposal program, at no cost to City residents. Citizens may dispose of unused medication by dropping it in the secure receptacle inside the PPD lobby. Learn more here.
Learn more about Recreational Marijuana and Washington I-502 here.