BE PART OF THE SOLUTION

Even simple changes you can make in your own home can help keep prescription
opioids off the streets and away from our loved ones. Be a part of the solution
and help us to eliminate opioid addiction.

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Simple tips to using your
medicine responsibly


USE ONLY AS DIRECTED

  • Many overdoses result from mixing prescription drugs with other medications or alcohol.
  • Never mix medications with alcohol.
  • If you are taking more than one prescription
  • medication, consult your pharmacist first to ensure this combination is safe.
  • Follow the dosing instructions prescribed by your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you feel your medication needs adjusted.

DON'T SHARE OR SELL

Never share your prescription medications with others or use someone else’s prescription medication Many factors determine how we respond to medication—our genetics, weight, and pre-existing medical conditions, amongst others. Therefore, individuals can respond to the same medication differently. Engaging in behaviors of self-diagnosis and self-prescribing is dangerous—always report any health concerns to a healthcare professional. Regardless of intention, sharing or taking someone else’s medication is not safe. Only use medications under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

Safe Medicine Storage


STORE MEDICATIONS IN SECURE LOCATIONS

The gold standard of medication storage is lock-boxes, medication safes, or other lockable spaces. You could also purchase timer or combination lock caps for your prescription opiates.


TIMER OR COMBINATION LOCK CAPS

Timer and combination lock caps will not deter someone from taking an entire bottle, but people with substance use disorder typically only take a few pills so as not to be caught. Timer caps reset to zero each time the bottle is opened so that a person can know how long it has been since the last dosage or if someone else has opened the bottle and possibly taken some of the medicine. Combination lock pill bottles serve as a deterrent for children and others who may want to easily access prescription pain medicine.


AVOID COMMON, EASILY ACCESSED STORAGE PLACES

Drawers, nightstands, kitchen and bathroom cabinets are easily accessed by children, family & friends and visitors. We are creatures of habit and most people tend to keep their medicines in one of these locations. If someone is looking for prescription pain medication to misuse, they will often find them in these locations.



SAFE MEDICATION STORAGE CHECKLIST


Print and share this handy checklist with friends, family and neighbors to help ensure that prescription medications are stored safely in your own home and in the homes of your neighbors. With your help, we CAN keep dangerous drugs off the streets and out of the hands of our children and loved ones.


  • Ask your pharmacist if the medicine you have been prescribed may have the potential for abuse
  • Store medications in a secure location
  • Avoid common, easily accessed storage places (drawers, nightstands, bathroom & kitchen cabinets)
  • Keep medicine in a cool, dry place
  • Keep medicine out of the reach of children and pets
  • Store medicine in its original container (the label provides important information about the medicine)
  • Keep an updated list of all prescription medicine in your home
  • Take an inventory of the medicines in your home twice a year
  • Properly dispose of unneeded or expired medicine
  • Talk to your pharmacist about how to properly dispose of unused or unwanted medicine*

*Find additional information online at www.cpsummit.org

Safe Medicine Disposal

Deactivation pouches, such as the ones used as part of our Deterra® Drug Deactivation System Project, make it easy and convenient for individuals to destroy unused prescription medicine in their own homes. The user-friendly pouch deactivates prescription drugs and renders the contents safe for landfills. After filling the specially formulated pouch with prescription drugs and regular tap water, it can be sealed and thrown away with the household trash.

SIMPLE AND SAFE MEDICINE DISPOSAL
USING THE DETERRA POUCH


STEP 1

Add Pills to Pouch


STEP 2

Add Water to Pouch


STEP 3

Seal and Throw Away


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