One of the simplest things you can do to prevent opiate use in friends and family is to safely dispose of all opiate prescriptions medications in your house. More than half of people 12 years or older who used pain medications for a non-medical purpose got them from a friend or relative. Many people have been given a prescription at some point in their life for Vicodin, Tylenol #3 or Norco, typically after surgery or for an acute pain problem. Most people still have some pain medications left over in their bathroom cabinet.
PLEASE, either lock up these medications or dispose of them safely so that they are not easily accessible to anyone using your bathroom.
If no medicine take-back programs or DEA-authorized collectors are available in your area, you can follow these simple steps to dispose of most medicines in the household trash:
- Remove personal information from the prescription label and keep the medicine in its original container.
- Add water to solid pills. Also add a nontoxic and unpalatable substance, such as coffee grounds or kitty litter to the container.
- Seal the container with duct tape and place inside a second, unmarked container, then place in the trash.
For more info: Safe Disposal of Medicines