What should you do with those unused/expired pills in your medicine cabinet?

October 23rd is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. You know those pill bottles collecting dust in your bathroom medicine cabinet “just in case,” it’s now time to get rid of them! 9Health:365 is partnering with RALI (Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative) and their Take Back Drugs initiative to help you do just that. Drop off your unneeded prescription drugs at one of our 9Health Fairs, our vaccine clinics, or other locations all across the state.

You Can Help Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

RALI will tell you preventing opioid abuse starts in the home. So the first step, and most straightforward action you can take, is to remove any unused or expired prescription medicines in your home. 

But how do you properly dispose of those prescription drugs? Can you throw them in the trash?

No. According to TakeMedsSeriously.org, “Safe disposal keeps meds like opioids, sedatives, and stimulants from being misused or abused. It also helps protect Colorado’s precious environment and wildlife.

You can dispose of your unused prescriptions in many locations all across the state of Colorado:

Keeping Your Family Safe 

We’re sure we don’t have to tell you that you should never take a medication prescribed to someone else. There are a few things you can do to make sure you’re preventing that from happening in your home:

  • RALI suggests keeping your prescribed medications locked away and most definitely out of reach of children.
  • Talk about medicine with your children (or grandchildren). Make sure they understand the dangers of using someone else’s medication.
  • When finished taking prescribed medicine, drop off any remaining medicine at a prescription drug disposal site to ensure that no one else takes that medicine. Don’t save it for future use. If you do need it again in the future, talk to your doctor.

If you suspect that someone you know is suffering from opioid addiction, here are some signs to look out for:

  • Increased tiredness
  • Drop in grades or work performance
  • Paraphernalia such as syringes, kitchen spoons, aluminum foil, straws, lighters
  • Spending less time with friends and family

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a great place to get more information on substance abuse, mental health, and more. Of course, talking with your doctor can also help answer any questions you have.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll join us on October 23rd (and after!) with disposing of any unused prescription medications in your home. Let’s keep our families safe!