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.