Keeping unused, unneeded medications at home where they may be found by children, pets or individuals who seek to misuse them can lead to tragedy. Use the resources linked on this page to safely dispose of leftover medications. Remember to keep medicines secure at all times when following an active treatment plan.
1,2 Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2016). 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD. http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015.pdf Table 1.1A, 6.56B, 1.2A, 4.2B.
3 The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study: Teens and Parents 2013, The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. http://www.drugfree.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/PATS-2013-FULL-REPORT.pdf
Download safe medication disposal tips
- View or print the safe disposal tearsheet
- Citations for Research Findings
- Order a free supply of tearsheets for your medical practice
Find "take back" events and drop off sites
- NC Disposal Initiative
- Additional medication disposal resources
- DEA National Takeback Day information