Unused opioid prescriptions can be dangerous. Opioid medications commonly prescribed for pain after surgery, a dental procedure, or chronic pain are highly addictive and have risk for overdose death. Keeping unused opioids in your home can increase the risk for theft.
How should I dispose of my left over medications
There are permanent collection sites throughout the state where you will be able to dispose of your left over or unused prescription medications. These can be found at your local pharmacy or law enforcement agency. Clean out your medication cabinets and get rid of any unused or expired medications, namely prescription opioids.
What if there is not a drop box in my area?
If there is not a drop box in your area, you may dispose of opioids in your household trash.
- Mix medications with items such as kitty litter, a soiled diaper, or used coffee grounds. Do NOT crush tablets or capsules.
- Place the mixture in a sealed device (i.e. plastic bag).
- Remove or scratch out all information on the prescription label before throwing out your empty bill bottle.
For more information on disposing of prescriptions and opioid use, visit useonlyasdirected.org.