Want to help address addiction in America?
Start with your medicine cabinet.
One important step we can all take to help address addiction is to safely dispose of old and unused prescription medications. Many first-time encounters with opioids happen in homes with leftover medications that were initially prescribed by a physician. Whether it's those pain relievers in the medicine cabinet from last year's dental procedure or the forgotten bottle of sleeping pills in the night table, prescription drugs can be extremely dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands. It takes mere moments to safely dispose of old medications, but this precaution can have a lifelong impact.
4 Ways to Dispose
Order a KitOrder a free Addiction Policy Forum Rx Disposal Kit while supplies last! Put your pills, patches, or liquids into the pouch, fill the pouch halfway with warm water to activate the carbon system, seal the pouch and gently shake it, and then toss the pouch into your household trash. Watch a demonstration.
DIY Home DisposalNo kit? No problem! Mix (don't crush) your old and unused medication with cat litter or used coffee grounds. Put this mixture into a sealed container, such as a plastic bag or coffee can, and throw it away. Call the FDA to see if this method is appropriate for your meds: (855) 543-3784.
Pharmacy DisposalMany pharmacies have medication drop boxes or kiosks. Visit or call your local pharmacy for more information about their disposal program.
Take Back EventsThe DEA hosts National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events every fall and spring, as well as permanent collection sites year-round. Find a collection site near you.
Help spread the word about medication safety and disposal!
The Addiction Resource Center (ARC) provides tools to help patients and families in crisis, including information about finding treatment, how to help a loved one engage in treatment, how to talk to a doctor, and getting an assessment. Visitors can find nearby treatment providers by searching the comprehensive database or calling the ARC line at 1-833-301-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support.
NIDA defines prescription drug misuse as taking a medication in a manner or dose other than prescribed, taking someone else's medication, or taking a medication to feel euphoria.
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Find a DEA-registered controlled substance public disposal location near you.
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