Prescription Drugs

The Prescription for Prevention: What you can do to prevent Rx misuse:

Store medicines safely and securely.

  • Monitor quantities in each container.
  • Control access to all medications including over-the-counter medicines.
  • Apply this strategy to medications for adults and children in the home.

Model and teach medicine safety to your children.

  • Don’t share prescriptions with others.
  • Follow the doctor’s dosing instructions.

Ask friends and family to safeguard medications.

  • Talk to friends and relatives, particularly grandparents.
  • Encourage them to keep medicines secure and to monitor them.
  • If you don’t know the parents of your child’s friends, get to know them and share your values and rules concerning drugs.

Dispose of expired, unwanted, or unused medications.

  • Do NOT flush medications unless directions say otherwise.
  • If you must throw them away in the garbage, mix them with an undesirable substance like coffee grounds or kitty litter to keep teens and others from taking them.
  • The safest and most secure solution is to bring your expired and unwanted medications to your local Medicine Take-Back event.  These events are held every Spring and Fall.  Click the link below for more details.