STORAGE & DISPOSAL
one simple step
75 percent of opioid misuse starts with people using medication that wasn’t prescribed for them—usually taken from a friend or family member. Simple steps, like locking up medications, can stop them from being misused.
LOCK UPWhen you have an active prescription, store it safely.
Lock up opioid medications in a cabinet, drawer, medicine safe, or locking bag.
Know how many pills you have available and count them regularly.
Keep a locking bag in the kitchen instead of the bathroom to prevent loved ones from using medicines in secret. Pay attention to whether or not the prescription is actively
being used. If it is no longer needed, dispose of it safely at a take-back program.
OTHER DISPOSAL OPTIONS
If participating in a take-back program is not an option, dispose of medication in the garbage.
1. Remove the medications from their original containers and mix them with something undesirable, such as used coffee grounds, dirt, or cat litter. This makes the medicine less appealing to children and pets and unrecognizable to someone who might go through the trash looking for medications.
2. Put the mixture in something you can close (like a re-sealable storage bag, or plastic food container) to prevent the drug from leaking or spilling out.
3. Throw the container in the garbage.
4. Scratch out all your personal information on the empty medicine packaging to protect your identity and privacy. Throw the packaging away.