Secure Your Meds

Secure Your Meds Campaign The current health crisis has magnified the importance of addressing the issue of controlled prescription drug misuse. With Americans spending more time at home due to the pandemic, now is a good opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets and secure unused medications. This one action can prevent medications from getting into the hands of children and others who may misuse them. The goal of the Secure Your Meds campaign is to raise awareness of the responsibility to keep prescription and other medications stored securely. Medications that are no longer used or have reached their expiration date should be secured until they can be disposed of in one of the 11,000 authorized, year-round collection sites (Delaware County Sheriff’s Office 304 East Delaware St. Manchester IA), or until the next DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, when patients can dispose of unused medications properly at a DEA collection sites. Medicines that languish in homes cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused and misused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. For more information on authorized collection sites, visit: https://apps2.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e1s1 For information on safe at-home disposal, visit: https://archive.epa.gov/region02/capp/web/pdf/ppcpflyer.pdf How to Dispose of Medicines Properly DON’T: Flush expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so. DO: Return unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs to a drug take-back program or follow the steps for household disposal below. 1ST CHOICE: DRUG TAKE-BACK EVENTS To dispose of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, call your city or county government’s household trash and recycling service and ask if a drug take-back program is available in your community. Some counties hold household hazardous waste collection days, where prescription and over-the-counter drugs are accepted at a central location for proper 2ND CHOICE: HOUSEHOLD DISPOSAL STEPS 1. Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers. 2. Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds. 3. Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a sealable bag 4. Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers by covering it with permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off. 5. The sealed container with the drug mixture, and the empty drug containers, can now be placed in the trash. James R Hauschild Chief of Police Manchester Ia

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