When medicines are taken in ways that are not prescribed, or by someone for which they were not prescribed, they can cause an overdose and even death.
Nearly half of people who use heroin first abused prescription opiates. And one of the most common sources for those opiates is unused prescription drugs left in the home.
While the police department continues to maintain a drug drop off kiosk in our station lobby, as well as conducting bi-annual drug take back events, we now recommend the following method of immediately disposing of old medications safely at your own home.
My Old Meds:
Step 1: Pour medication out of container and into a sealable plastic bag (e.g. Ziploc). If the medication is in solid form (pill, liquid capsule, etc.), add water to dissolve it.
Step 2: Add kitty litter, sawdust, coffee grounds or another mixing material to the plastic bag to make the solution less appealing for pets and children.
Step 3: Seal the plastic bag and put it in your regular trash.
Step 4: Remove and destroy all identifying personal information (for example, the prescription label) from the medication containers before recycling them or throwing them away.