Educate Patients On Safe Opioid Disposal All Year

If you didn’t encourage your patients to properly dispose of their unused medications as part of National Take Back Day last Saturday, Oct. 28, it’s not too late to educate them about safe storage and disposal.

An estimated 70 percent of those misusing opioids got them from family and friends. The AMA offers the three steps you can take to ensure your patients are not contributing to the misuse of opioid analgesics.

  1. Talk to your patients – sharing opioids is illegal and may be deadly.
  2. Remind your patients to store medicine out of reach of children and never share prescriptions with anyone.
  3. Urge patients to safely dispose of expired, unwanted and unused medications through pharmacy and law enforcement “take back” opportunities.

Access the AMA resources on safe medication disposal as well as information on the National Take Back Day.


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