28TH ANNUAL CRIME PREVENTION GUIDE 34 Did you know? It is best to use the same pharmacy for all your prescriptions.The pharmacist will get to know you and your medical history, which will help identify any harmful interactions with other medications that you are taking.Learn about your medication: • Ask your healthcare professional why you are being prescribed the medication, how it should work, and whether you will need regular checkups or tests. •Ask about how to reduce the risk of side effects and possible harmful interactions with food, beverages (like grapefruit juice), vitamins, and herbal supplements. • Ask when you should expect to start feeling better, and if and when you should go back to your doctor. • Ask your pharmacist for documentation /pamphlets on the medications you are taking. Store Medications Safely • Always keep products in their original containers, even when travelling. • Never combine different medications in the same bottle. • Keep products in a cool, dry area, away from the sun. • All medications must be kept out of the reach of children. Dispose of Medications Properly At least once a year, go through your medicine cabinet and remove all prescription and nonprescription medications that are expired or that you no longer take. Medications must be disposed of correctly: return them to your pharmacy or to your local waste disposal depot. Report a side effect It is important to report a side effect to a medication by contacting your healthcare professional. Prevention of Opioid Misuse and Addiction 1) Educational initiatives delivered in schools and community settings 2) Supporting consistent use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs e.g.The Drug Information System (DIS) i. Records all prescriptions used and filled of a patient usually linked to Provincial Healthcare Number ii. Allows Health Care Providers to monitor and look for signs of abuse and misuse of drugs for a particular patient’s drug file 3) Aggressive law enforcement efforts to address doctor shipping and pill mills 4) Providing healthcare practitioners with tools for managing pain, including prescribing guidelines and enhanced warning on drug labels with expanded information for prescribers Research on the Use and Misuse of Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids Wilson M. Compton, M.D. Deputy Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).March 21, 2017 es/Testimony-Compton-OI-Hrg-Fentanyl-Opioid-Crisis-2017-03-21.pdf HELP PREVENT PROBLEMATIC PRESCRIPTION DRUG USE continued You can also report it directly to Health Canada.