How to Use Prescription Medications Safely
Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are safer when used responsibly and for their intended purpose. When taking any prescription or OTC drugs, it is important to understand what you are taking, why you are taking it, when to take it, how to take it, and what the side effects of the drug might be. Medications can contribute to better health when used safely. However, they can also interfere with desired treatment when misused.Drug Watch – Information on various drugs and medication on the market. This is an American site so some information may not apply in Canada. Please keep in mind that Drugwatch.com is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Drug Impaired Driving
Drugs can impair your ability to drive safely and increase the risk fo getting into a collision. Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death and injury in Canada, and drug impaired driving is against the law.
Talking to Your Children About Drugs and Alcohol
It's not always easy to discuss the topic of alcohol or drugs with your children, but it is an important conversation to have.
You may want to chat about the various drugs that are out there, or the reasons why children and youth engage in drug use. You may simply be concerned that your child is hanging out with the wrong crowd or that they may be engaging in risky behaviour.
Drug Free Canada provides tips and resources for parents on talking to your kids about drugs.
Mixing Alcohol and Drugs
Some side effects of mixing drugs include alcohol poisoning (where your body can't get rid of the alcohol it absorbed), cramps, headaches, vomiting, comas, or even death.
If you choose to drink alcohol, avoid taking with other drugs or prescription medications.
For more information:
- The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) - Information on alcohol and the dangers of mixing drugs.
- Drug and Alcohol Helpline - The Drug and Alcohol Helpline - Provides a toll free treatment information and referral service for those seeking alcohol or other drug treatment.
- Parent Action on Drugs - Outreach, prevention, education and parent support on issues of substance use.