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Tips for Safe Use of Rx Drugs


Did you know that the Navy’s zero tolerance policy for drug use applies to the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs? This includes taking medication for a purpose other than prescribed, taking medicine that hasn’t been prescribed to you and wrongfully possessing or distributing prescription drugs.

Using someone else’s meds or giving pills to friends or shipmates can result in severe health and career consequences, including dishonorable discharge from the Navy.


1. Take correctly.
Follow the doctor’s orders and prescription instructions as directed.

2. Report promptly.
Ensure that both Navy Medical and your command are aware of your current prescriptions.

3. Dispose properly.
Place unused meds in small plastic bag with used coffee grounds and throw the bag in the trash. Cross out personal information on your prescription labels.

4. Never share.
Never share your prescriptions with a friend, shipmate, or family member. 

For more information, speak with your command DAPA or doctor, or call 1-866-U-ASK-NPC.

Spread the word! Download the new Safe Use Fact Sheet:  PfD_Safe Use Fact Sheet 2017.pdf

In the case of an emergency, call 911 or the resources below:

Military OneSource Confidential Counseling

Military Crisis Line
800-273-TALK (8255)

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