CELEBRATE RED RIBBON WEEK
- Learn about the destructive effects of drug abuse and opioid misuse.
- Educate your family members and friends.
- Take action!
Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are tested to make sure they’re safe and effective. But if you mix those drugs with other medicines or substances—intentionally or even by accident—they can have potentially dangerous effects.
A drug’s “active ingredient” is the part of the drug that acts on your body. Combining substances can change the way an active ingredient works. This can increase the effect of that ingredient on your body, make it less effective, or have other unexpected results.