Proper storage and disposal of medications can prevent injuries and deaths from drug abuse and drug overdoses.
If no instructions for disposal are given on the drug label, follow these steps. They ensure that your medication won't be misused by others.
- Take medications out of their original containers.
- Mix them with an undesirable substance like used coffee grounds or kitty litter.
- Put the combination in a sealable bag, empty can, or other leak-proof container and place in the household garbage.
Law enforcement offices in major cities operate drug drop boxes for use by the public.
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The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics operates prescription drug drop safes located in drivers' license offices around the state. More information: 601-371-3600.
Call your city or county government's household trash and recycling service (see blue pages in phone book) to see whether a drug take-back program is available in your community.
Nationally, almost 70 percent of people who abused prescription drugs say they got them from a family member or friend. Proper prescription drug disposal ensures that drugs won't fall into the hands of those they can hurt the most.