Be part of the SOLUTION for opioid epidemic – Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

Misuse of prescription drugs is a common way for teens and adults to start down the road of addiction. The most typical place young people get access to prescription drugs is their home medicine cabinet. A few simple steps can have a significant impact on limiting unsafe access to these powerful drugs:

  1. Immediately and safely dispose of any unused medication (for more information on disposing of medication, see www.newtonma.gov/newtonpath)
  2. Secure all prescription drugs that are currently being used in a lock box or other inaccessible location.
  3. Track all prescriptions, including counting pills to ensure they are not being taken inappropriately.
  4. Talk to your kids about never taking any drugs that are not prescribed specifically for them by their health care provider.
  5. Talk to your health care provider about limiting prescriptions of opioids and seeking alternative strategies for pain management when possible.

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