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Prevention Efforts

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Safe Medication Disposal

Safely dispose of unwanted or expired medication through a local drug drop box or by asking your local pharmacy about drug disposal bags.

  • Drug drop boxes
  • Drug disposal bags
    • Ask your local pharmacy about medication disposal bags
    • Drug disposal bags are another option for medication disposal. These bags are sealable pouches that contain active carbon.
    • 3 simple steps to dispose using a pouch
      • Place unused medication in pouch
      • Fill halfway with warm tap water and wait 30 seconds
      • Seal tightly and gently shake pouch and dispose in normal trash
  • Household disposal
    • Remove medication from bottle and place in a bag that can be sealed
    • Mix pills with undesirable substance such as kitty litter or coffee grounds
    • Throw away sealed mixture into trash
    • Scratch out all personal information on the prescription label or empty pill bottle and dispose of container

 

 

Start Talking!

  • Learn how to start the critical conversations about drug use with your kids
  • Safeguard your home and learn how to properly store medications to prevention abuse and accidents
  • Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug abuse
  • Visit http://starttalking.ohio.gov/ to learn more

 

PreventionFIRST!