Stopping the opioid epidemic starts with removing risk from our homes.
To protect your family and your community:
- Every 10 minutes a child visits the emergency room for medication poisoning
- Three in five teens say prescription pain medication is easy to get from their parents’ medicine cabinet
- 12.5 million people age 12 and older misused opioids in the last year
How do I safely dispose?
Find a year-round approved opioid collector near you on our interactive Opioid Disposal Map.
Find a medication Take Back Event in your community.
Use your household trash as a last resort.
Mix opioids (do not crush) with used coffee grounds or kitty litter in a plastic bag and throw in household trash.
Scratch out personal information on prescription label and dispose of original medicine container.
Do not flush your opioids
While flushing medications down the toilet may seem like a safe way to dispose, this leads to pharmaceuticals being discharged into our surface and groundwater. Managing unused, unwanted, and expired medications is a safety as well as an environmental concern.