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Illegal Drug Identification

If you find pills in your child's room would you know how to identify them?  Would you know the difference between allergy medication, prescription painkillers or illegal stimulants?  Many of the most widely abused drugs look similar to common over-the counter medications or household items.  Use the resources below for information on how to identify questionable substances.
 
Labeled Prescription Drugs
Prescription drugs should always be in the labeled container they were dispensed in.  The basic drug facts will be printed on the container along with the name of the person they were prescribed to and the doctor who prescribed them.  To confirm the drug in the container is the same as listed on the label you can use a pill identifier such as the Pill Identifier on Drugs.com.
 
Unlabeled Drugs
Identifying unlabeled drugs is more difficult.  The Get Smart About Drugs drug identification guide is a good resource to help you determine if the substance you have found is one to be worried about.
 
 If you or someone close to you needs help for a substance use disorder, talk to your doctor or call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.