How to Safely Dispose of Prescription Medication

Unused or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications can stay in your medicine cabinet for years. If you have children at home, this can be risky. They may unknowingly take a high-potency pain medication thinking it would help their headache go away, or they may experiment with the prescription medication or offer them to friends.

OxyContin is a Gateway to Heroin

If you haven’t already, it’s time to take stock of the prescription and over-the-counter medications that you have in your home. Make sure they are properly labeled and out of reach from children. If they are expired or you no longer need them, it’s a good idea to get them out of your house to reduce the risk of prescription drug misuse.
Instead of flushing your prescription medication down the drain, follow these guidelines for proper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications from the Office of National Drug Control Policy:
•    Take your prescription medications out of their original containers so that there is no indication of what the drugs are.
•    Mix the remaining prescription drugs with an undesirable substance so that people who may find the medication may be less tempted to try them if they find them. The drugs can be mixed with such substances as used coffee grounds or cat litter.
•    Once the prescription drugs are mixed with an undesirable substance, put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as a sealable bag or Tupperware.
•    As for the empty prescription or over-the-counter drug container, be sure to conceal or remove any personal information. Do so by covering it with permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off.
•    Properly dispose of both the mixture and the empty drug containers in the trash.

Instead of disposing of prescription or over-the-counter drugs on your own, your community may offer a drug take-back program or hazardous waste collection. These services collect unused or expired medications at a central location and dispose of them properly, allowing you to just drop off medications instead of going through the process of proper disposal on your own. You can call your local trash and recycling service to find out if there is such a program in your community.
What NOT to Do with Your Prescription Drugs

It may seem like a hassle to properly dispose of your unused or expired prescription drugs, but it is the safest way to make sure the prescription medication doesn’t get misused or abused. Here are some things you should never do with your expired or unused prescription drugs:
Do Not:
•    Give them to a friend to use. Even if your friend is in intense pain, the dosage you were prescribed may be too powerful for them, resulting in potentially life-threatening effects. Your friend may also develop an addiction to a prescription medication or have a negative drug interaction that you may be unaware of.
•    Unless it says so on the drug’s label, do not flush any medication down the drain.
•    Don’t leave them in your home any longer than you need to, and make a point of clearing out your medicine cabinet at least once a year.

If you need help with prescription drug addiction, call 866-323-5609. If you think you or a loved one might have a problem, take the prescription drug addiction quiz.

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  1. Dear Steve,
    Can you handle a truth ? This is what you wish to know, because of a dollar.
    1.Did you know a lot of people do not know that this drug Oxy., is heroin ? This statement of, OxyContin is NOT heroin! is in error, Oxycontin is made from the Poppy Plant. you see the big lie was for it to never to be known, but now according to information over 45000 people have died and countless others are hooked. The FDA and the DEA turned their back and allowed this….
    American Business Men has turned the Afghan People into slaves and the stink of human waist is as sur-real as 9/11.
    You can not control this plant heroin, it is as nature intended for it to be. uncontrollable…
    This is like a old saying, as the Frog carried the Scorpion across the water and the Scorpion stung the Frog, the Frog asked why did you do this, now both of us will die, and the Scopion said, it is my nature…
    information by yahoo,
    Both OxyContin (a brand name for oxycodone) and heroin are made from opium, which is obtained from poppy plants. As a result, they are both considered opioid narcotics. However, the details of how they work and the side effects aren’t quite the same. Like morphine, codeine, and many other pain relievers, they are part of a large family of opium-derived drugs. These drugs have a bad rep because some people become addicted to them, but they are still the gold standard for treatment of pain.
    I am sick of reading about our Men and Women of the United States Military being killed in this war. I have watch for 30 years people stumble about and not know what to do. Its simple,”Unite as one voice”
    As I researched the, Why of the attack on 9/11. My heart was sad from what I found out to be a truth. It should also be noted that Afghan people have become slaves to these American Companies, And the stink of human waist is as sur-real as the day of 9/11. I do invite you to research my post and you will see why my question of ,Why is there a hands off policy that prevents the destruction of the Poppy fileds.
    Did you know that American Dollars supported the Terrorist Attack on 9/11/2001, and thousands of lives have been lost. Who are the investors of the Pharmaceutical Company Purdue that makes Oxycontin and how are they above the Law ? Oxycontin is Heroin made from the opium / poppy plants. It is Illegal by Law to buy and resale Heroin. Purdue is responsible for the deaths on 9/11 and the on going addiction here in America.
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