Unused and easily accessible medicines have the potential to be misused and abused, particularly by teens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prescription medicines most commonly abused by youth include pain relievers,tranquilizers, stimulants and depressants. Properly storing and disposing of prescription medicines in your home is an important way to reduce the risk of their misuse and abuse by family members and others. Prescription medications are meant to be used as directed by a doctor for the person they are prescribed to.

Proper Disposal:

    • Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet! Environmental Health Specialists at the Missoula City-County Health Department have indicated that pharmaceuticals have found their way into our water sources here in Missoula and that properly disposing of medication can help prevent this.
    • Dispose of unused and/or expired medications by taking them to a prescription drug take-back event or taking them to a drop box at one of the following locations. You can drop off pills and/or pills in bottles. No liquids or syringes. These options are confidential, secure, and easy to use.
      1. Missoula Police Department – 435 Ryman (open 24/7)
      2. Granite Pharmacy – 2230 27th Ave.
      3. U of M Curry Health Center – 634 Eddy Ave.
      4. Partnership Health Center – 401 Railroad Street W.
    • Do not give your medicine to friends. Doctors prescribe medicines based on a person’s specific symptoms and medical history. A medicine that works for you could be dangerous for someone else.
    • You can also dispose of unused or expired medications through the use of a medication disposal bag. Find out more here.
    • When in doubt about proper disposal, talk to your pharmacist!

Other Resources:

http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA12-4678B3/SMA12-4678B3.pdf

http://www.safeguardmymeds.org/downloads/SafeguardMyMeds-PrescriptionMedicineStorageAndDisposal.pdf

http://www.disposemymeds.org

http://www.disposemymeds.org/index.php/environmental-impact

How clean is the water?  http://www.learnaboutrxsafety.org

Medication Toolkit for your family.  http://www.talkaboutrx.org

How to talk with your teen.  http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm101653.htm

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinets

Prescription Drug Take Back on September 27th.

Clean out those medicine cabinets!  Prescription Drug Take Back is Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Southgate Mall.  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  We can only accept pills and pills in bottles.  Please, no liquids.  No questions asked!  Contact us for more information.