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Learn what safe drug disposal is, who should be involved in the development of a program, and ways to promote it to community members.
If none of these options are available to you, unused medicine can be disposed of at home as a last resort. Mix the medicine with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and discard. Unless the directions on the packaging say otherwise, do not flush medicine down the drain or toilet. To help prevent unauthorized refills, be sure to remove any personal, identifiable information from prescription bottles or pill packages before you throw them away.
Kids who learn about the dangers of drug use early and often are much less likely to develop addiction than those who do not receive these critical messages at home.
Parents and other caregivers have an incredibly important role to play. We can all take action by having frequent conversations with the teens and young adults in our lives about the dangers of substance use and medicine abuse.
But we know these conversations are not always easy. In fact, they can be really challenging. We offer the tips and tools you need to start the conversation.
Emergency preparedness is always a good idea. Naloxone (known by the brand name Narcan) is a medication that can prevent overdose deaths from opioids. Learn how to obtain and use this life-saving medication.