"We have to make sure we are using these drugs appropriately," he added. "This starts with the health professional screening patients and making a conscious decision before prescribing these drugs that it's really needed."
Patients need to understand that these drugs have risks, Jones pointed out. "They should not be shared with others; they should be stored in a safe area and they should be disposed of properly," he said. "Getting at how the medications are prescribed and used, we can really start to reverse the epidemic."
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