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Safe Storage and Disposal

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To best prevent misuse and abuse of opioids, it’s critical to safely store opioids and then dispose of any unused prescriptions immediately. 
 
Here are some helpful tips for both:
 

Safe Storage of Opioids

 
Do’s
  • Secure your prescriptions in the same way you would other valuables
  • Keep medicine in a cool, dry place that is out of the reach of children
  • Store medicine in its original container- the label on the bottle provides important information about the medicine
  • Monitor how many pills are in each of your prescription bottles
 
Don’ts
  • Leave medicine in places that are easily accessible to children or pets
  • Take medicine in front of children who often mimic adults
 

Safe Disposal of Opioids

 
  • Check for medication “take back” programs with your local police, fire department or DEA-authorized collection site such as a pharmacy
  • Unless otherwise instructed, do not flush medications down the toilet
  • Mix them with coffee grounds or kitty litter and discard in an empty bag in your household trash
  • Scratch out all personal information on prescription labels from the empty pill bottles before discarding them
   
Facts & Questions

Opioid Resource Overview