Safe Use, Storage, and Disposal of Prescriptions

80% of those who use heroin started by misusing prescription pain medications, often led there by curiosity and availability. You can help address the heroin and opiate crisis in our community by starting with your own medicine cabinet. Below are tips for how to safely use, store, and dispose of prescription medications.

Safe Use:

  • Use medications exactly as prescribed.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • Never “double up” on a dose.
  • Do not stop your medication without consulting with your doctor.
  • Only use medication prescribed to you.
  • Never share medications.
  • Never take someone else’s medications.

Safe Storage:

  • Always lock up your medications.
  • Keep medications away from children and pets.
  • Medications should remain in the bottle in which they came.
  • Immediately dispose of expired or unused medication.
  • Keep track of how many pills are in medication bottles.

Safe Disposal:

  • Drop off unused medications at police stations or pharmacies that participate in take back programs. Click here for locations.
  • Medications can be mixed in with used coffee grounds or kitty litter and thrown away.
  • For simple, at-home disposal, get a free drug disposal pouch.
  • In an emergency, flush medications down the toilet.