SAFE STORAGE & DISPOSAL
You’ll need to store opioid painkillers in a safe place and out of reach of others. Make sure to responsibly dispose of any unused opioids. Check for your community drug take-back program or your pharmacy mail-back / return program to safely dispose of unused opioids. For more information, see the Food and Drug Administration opioid disposal site and the DEA’s disposal location tool.
Taking opioids responsibly means also preventing misuse and abuse by not selling or sharing prescription opioid painkillers. This is a major issue: over 65% of people misusing painkillers are getting them from family and friends. Sharing medications can be dangerous and contribute to overdose and addiction.