1 SAVE A LIFE DISPOSE DRUGS SAFELY Disposing of expired, unused or unwanted drugs the right way can protect people and the environment. Here is why drug disposal is important: Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. More people die from 1 drug overdoses than car accidents. 70,000 children go to the hospital each year 2 Unused drugs for medication errors. 3 contribute to this. 69% of people who misused pain medication got them 4 from a friend or relative. 80% of new heroin users began by misusing pain 5 drugs ordered by their doctor. SAFELY STORE DRUGS 6 BEFORE DISPOSAL STEP 1 Keep drugs in the container you received them in. STEP 2 Lock the container in a cool, dry place out of reach of children and pets.
2 6 SAFELY DISPOSE OF DRUGS OPTION 1: DRUG TAKE BACK Find a Michigan household drug take back site near you. For a list of sites, michigan.gov/deqdrugdisposal visit . OPTION 2: DISPOSAL RECIPE If you can’t get to a drug take back site, use the recipe below as a last resort to dispose of expired, unused or 5 unwanted drugs. 5,7 Disposal Recipe (Do not dispose chemotherapy drugs this way, cribing doctor instead.) talk to your pres Mix drugs (do not crush) with dirt, Step 1: kitty litter or used coffee grounds and add a small amount of water to dissolve any solid medications. Step 2: Seal drugs in plastic bag. Step 3: Place plastic bag in trash. Step 4: Take prescription container and scratch out personal information, then recycle or throw away . SUPPORTED BY: CREATED BY: Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP) Michigan Dental Association (MDA) Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) Michigan HomeCare & Hospice Association (MHHA) Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Michigan Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA) DISTRIBUTION FUNDED BY: Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) MPRO REFERENCES: 1. American Society of Addiction Medicine (2016); 2. Trust for America’s Health; 3. Tucker, C. (2011). Drug Takebacks Aim to Prevent Abuse, Protect Environment: Disposing of Drugs the Right Way. The Nation’s Health, (41)2, 1-15.; 4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-46, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4795. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013.; 5. U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Consumer Health Information (2013); 6. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality; 7. Cancer.net .
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