Medicine and Drugs

Any substance, medicine or drug you take can change how your body feels or functions. Prescription medicine can be life-saving and help people improve their health. Over-the-counter (OTC) medicine, herbal products, and vitamin and mineral supplements can also help people maintain or improve their health. However, drug abuse or misuse can cause serious health problems, addiction and even death. This can include the abuse or misuse of street drugs, prescription medicine and OTC products. Talking to your health care provider about all the substances, medicine or drugs you take can help you stay healthy and safe.