June is National Safety Month
Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44.
This June, learn more about important safety issues like transportation safety; ergonomics; slips, trips, and falls; and prescription painkiller abuse.
Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating–distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 5 crashes (17%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.
What is distracted driving?
According to Distraction.gov, distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driving, passenger and bystander safety. These types of distraction include:
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
The best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses.
Persuasive facts and Statistics
If you don't already think distracted driving is a safety problem, please take a moment to learn more. And, as with everything on Distraction.gov, please share these facts with others.
Got questions? Visit Distraction.gov FAQ.
Take the Distracted Driving Pledge
Distracted driving kills and injures thousands of people each year. I pledge to:
Download the pledge form (MS Word).
More downloads from Distracted.gov (ads, articles, posters, logos and more)
One in 3 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems. You can make a difference. Find out ways to help reduce the risk of these safety issues.
Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview
Falls - Children
Playground Injuries - Fact Sheet
Protect the Ones You Love - Falls
Prescription painkiller overdoses are reaching epidemic proportions in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women die every day from a prescription painkiller overdose – more than 4 times as many as back in 1999.
What the Public Needs to Know about the Epidemic (CDC)
Every day 44 people in the U.S. die from overdose of prescription painkillers...and many more become addicted. Talk with your doctor about:
Help prevent misuse and abuse by not selling or sharing prescription painkillers. Never use another person's prescription painkillers.
Get help for substance abuse problems at 1-800-662-HELP.
Call Poison Help 1-800-222-1222 if you have questions about medicines.
An infographic from the National Safety Council shows the effectiveness of various medications and other alternative options for pain relief.
Understanding the Epidemic
Risk Factors for Prescription Painkiller Abuse and Overdose
Injury Prevention & Control: Prescription Drug Overdose
Prescription Painkiller Overdoses - A Growing Epidemic, Especially Among Women
Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the US
Prescription Drug Abuse Help
How to Dispose of Your Leftover Rx Pills
The only option for what to do with leftover Rx pills is to get rid of or dispose of them. Sharing, selling or saving pills for someone else is not an option. There are proper procedures and guidelines that should be followed when getting rid of leftover medications:
Do not flush leftover medication down the toilet. Recent geological studies have found large traces of pharmaceuticals in our public water supply which not only affects the public, but the plants, marine life and environment as a whole.
Many pharmacies are now offering a take-back service. There are over 800 pharmacies in 40 states that participate in the program to help people get rid of their leftover medication, according to the L.A. Times health blog. This is the best option for people needed to dispose of their Rx pills.
You can grind the substance up and mix it with kitty litter or coffee grinds. When it’s time for disposal, you can put the mixture into a plastic, sealed bag and throw it away. Do not however do this for medications such as OxyContin, Demerol or Percocet.
Always make sure to black out any personal information on the prescription pill bottle before you throw it away. Many animal shelters or veterinarian clinics accept donations of empty pill containers.
Source: Prescription Drug Abuse Help