RX Safely

How to RX Safely for life:

Learning how to properly use, store and dispose your medications will not only help you now but will help you for life.

  • Proper disposal of medications protects yourself, friends, family and wildlife (Use the anonymous Prescription Drop Box at our Pharmacy)
  • Ask any questions you may have to your medical provider or pharmacist
  • Disclose any history of addiction, either for yourself or family member

Remember, medical providers are here to help you, and won’t judge! Be honest, it’s best in the long-term. 

How can prescription drug misuse and abuse affect your college experience?

If you receive FAFSA funding, conviction of a drug-related crime can result in your funding being taken away. The University of Arizona requires a specific GPA to keep all scholarships. If you fall below that minimum requirement you can lose your scholarship(s).

If you believe that you or a friend is struggling with drug use or dependency this online assessment may help! If you would like more assistance visit Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS) located on the 3rd floor of Campus Health.

How to Help a Friend

Do you think your friend is having a prescription drug overdose?

  1. Call 911 immediately!
  2. The worst thing to do is nothing. Get additional help from the people around you. Never leave the person unattended.
  3. Be honest with first responders, tell them everything that you know. This could save your friend’s life.

Some warning signs and symptoms of prescription drug misuse include:

Nausea

Shallow breathing

Drowsiness

Confusion

Poor coordination

Slurred speech

Shallow breathing

Drowsiness

Disorientation/Dizziness

Poor judgement

Insomnia

Increased attention span

Decreased appetite

Irritability

Restlessness

Source: Mayo Clinic, NIDA, Partnership for Drug Free Kids

For more information to learn how to help others follow these links:

 https://www.generationrx.org/learn/helping-others/

https://www.justthinktwice.gov/when-your-friend-overdoses-drugs?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

http://spwaz.org/overdoseprevention/

To request a program to your group with regards to RX Safely or opioid misuse/abuse visit:  

https://www.health.arizona.edu/hpps-request-program