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. 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 tips
- View or print the safe storage/disposal tearsheet
- Citations for Research Findings
- Order a free supply of tearsheets for your medical practice
Safe Medication Storage - Keep medication secured in a locked pouch or box, or even in a locked drawer
- Medication storage tips from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Up and Away (CDC medication safety site)
- Lock Your Meds awareness campaign
- Downloadable medication inventory sheet - keep track of meds in your home
Find "take back" events and drop off sites
- NC Disposal Initiative
- Additional medication disposal resources
- DEA National Takeback Day information