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Celebrity accidental overdoses show dangers of prescription drugs

WakeMed medication safety officer and pharmacist Alex Jenkins discussed prescription drug safety with WRAL. Pain medications, sleep aids, and anti-anxiety medications can be of concern, especially when a patient is taking a combination of all three. They work on the same brain receptors and can cause drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and difficulty breathing.  It’s important to inform your pharmacist of all medications you’re taking – even if those medications are being filled at a different pharmacy.