Some medicines may be especially harmful and, in some cases, fatal with just one dose if they are used by someone other than the person for whom the medicine was prescribed. Unused medicines are a main source for misuse and overdose. 40.5 percent of those who misused prescription pain relievers in 2015 said that they obtained the medicine from a friend or relative. Accidental exposure to and improper disposal
of fentanyl patches are also a risk, especially for young children who could put it in their
mouth or on their skin.
View the infographic from Allied Against Opioid Abuse.