Prescription medications include opioids, sedatives, stimulants, prescription and over-the-counter cold and cough medicine.
For a list of locations where you can safely dispose of your medications, click here.
Lock medicines in a secure location. With young children, keeping all medicine out of reach is essential to prevent unintentional drug poisoning. As children get older, continue to keep medicine in a secure location. Many pharmacies sell a variety of lock boxes for your specific needs (e.g. for the refrigerator, portable, big or small).
Monitor your medicine supply. Know what and how much you have so you will notice if any is missing. Keep all medicine in one place to make tracking easier.
Talk with friends and family about their safe storage practices. The majority of misuse includes getting drugs from a friend or relative's medicine cabinet.
Dispose of medications safely. CDPHE offers safe drop off locations across Colorado in order to prevent misuse.
Disposing of unused or expired medications in a timely and safe manner is doing your small part for addiction prevention.
For more information and resources about prescription drug safety, visit https://takemedsseriously.org/
Did You Know?
It’s important to recognize the dangers of taking medications not prescribed for you. Whether it’s an over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medicine, labels provide important instructions on who should be taking the medicine. Ignoring these instructions or giving your pills to a friend or family member, can have dangerous, unintended consequences.