A national survey concluded that more than half of the individuals that they surveyed who misused opioids did not have a prescription. Many received the drugs for free from friends or relatives. This diversion can be reduced by removing the excess opioids throughout the community.
Safely storing medication involves keeping it in the original container and out of sight. Keep the medication in a locked container, drug safe cabinet, or drawer, and out of reach from children or pets. If you have leftover medication, it is important to safely dispose of any unused or remaining pills. Safe disposal begins with reading the materials that came with the prescription to see if there are any special instructions for disposing of unused medication. Many communities have local take-back events or community drop boxes. Check out pharmacy.ohio.gov/disposal for more information. If you are able to dispose of the unused medication in the trash, do so with an unpleasant substance such as coffee grounds or cat litter. You can sometimes flush medications — visit FDA.gov to find a list of medications that are safe to flush.