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Where Should I Store My Medication

Where To Store My Medication

The American Medical Association suggests opioids should be stored out of reach of children, and in a safe place—preferably locked—to prevent others from accessing them.1 If you have a question about how to safely store your opioid medication, talk to your healthcare provider for specific recommendations.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 54% of people misusing or abusing prescription pain relievers got them from
Family or Friends.2

How to Dispose of Medicines Safely

How to Dispose of Medicines Safely

If not properly disposed, unused and expired medicines can easily fall into the wrong hands. FDA has developed guidelines providing the necessary precautions and instructions for safe disposal of medicines:3

  1. Follow specific disposal instructions on the prescription drug labeling or patient information that accompanies the medicine
  2. Take advantage of programs that allow the public to take unused drugs to a central location for proper disposal
  3. Transfer unused medicines to collectors registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids suggests following a three-step process to properly monitor, secure and dispose of unused and expired medicines in your home.4 Additionally, Dispose My Meds, presented by the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation, lists medicine disposal programs available at independent community pharmacies in the US.5

81 million pounds

8.1+ million pounds of prescription medicines
have been surrendered for safe and proper disposal through the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Initiative since 2010.6