Opioid Misuse and the Importance of Medication Safety
By Intermountain Healthcare
Apr 9, 2017
Updated Oct 25, 2023
5 min read
Medication safety and taking precautionary steps are extremely important to prevent adverse reactions, overdoses and death. Whether a patient is prescribed an opioid or a general antibiotic, they should follow general steps to ensure medication safety.
Patients should be aware that even the most harmless medications can come with adverse reactions if they’re used with other medications or if they’re not taken properly. To ensure safety and positive health outcomes, patients should take the following precautionary steps with all their medications:
Patients need to be aware that while their medication may seem harmless, they need to practice safety precautions for themselves and their loved ones. If a patient isn’t sure about their medication or has questions about their health and medication, then they should speak with a healthcare provider. A pharmacist is a great resource for all medication questions. Patients can speak with any pharmacist – no appointment is necessary – to have all their medication questions and concerns addressed.
Do you have other questions about prescription medications? Tune into KUTV Channel 2 on Tuesday, April 11th for Intermountain Healthcare pharmacist and other experts discussing this topic on Ask the Expert. Tips and suggestions will be offered throughout the day with experts providing interviews during news and other broadcasts.
If you have your own questions, our panel of experts will be answering your phone calls from noon to 5:30 p.m. at 1-877-908-0680. You can also submit questions via Facebook and Twitter using #KUTVAsktheExpert.
For more information, visit intermountainhealthcare.org/asktheexpert.