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Most people who abuse prescription painkillers get them from friends or family – often straight out of the medicine cabinet. Here are three steps you can take to ensure the safe use, storage, and disposal of prescription drugs:
- Safe Use – Only take medication prescribed to you by a doctor. Only use it in the prescribed dosage. And never share prescription drugs with friends or family.
- Safe Storage – Store prescription medication locked and out of reach of kids, family, and guests. Know where it is at all times. Keep it in its original bottle with its label.
- Safe Disposal – Most prescription drugs should NOT be flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink. In Vermont, you can drop off your medications at a permanent disposal site. Local prescription drug take-back programs provide a safe way to dispose of medications. Proper disposal helps avoid harming water sources, wildlife, pets, and people.