Pain Medicine Safety
Opioids are medicines used for pain.
Morphine, oxycodone, codeine and
hydromorphone are common opioids
prescribed to children and teens.
Abuse of prescription opioids by
children and teens has increased over
200% in the last 15 years.
Prescription medicines are the 2nd
most abused drug by children and
Here are some ways to keep your
family and friends safe:
Taking your medicine:
An adult must supervise a child or
teen taking opioids to check it is the
Right Drug, the Right Amount, and
the Right Time.
An adult must monitor extra medicine
to avoid abuse by family members or
guests in the home. Keep a count and
make a plan for taking medicine.
Do not SHARE or SELL left over
opioid medicine. It is illegal and
Prescription opioids should
be stored in the original
packaging in a LOCKED
cabinet or box. This can be a locked
medicine box or as simple as a
padlock on a tackle box, in the locked
gun safe, or a locked jewelry case.
Having prescription opioids outside of
a locked cabinet or box can result in
an accidental ingestion, overdose or
stealing of medicine by children or
their friends for non-prescription use.
Most teens know where medicines are
hidden in the home.
Do not keep extra opioids at home!
Dispose of extra opioid medicines by
taking them to a drug take back
pharmacy or location as soon as the
prescription is no longer needed.
To find safe drop off sites for your unused medicine:
ξ Go to the U.S. Department of Justice Diversion
Go to the “Got Drugs” link and enter your zip code in
the “Authorized Collector Location” link.
ξ Go to the Safer Community website
Choose the “Drug Poisoning Prevention” tab and click on “MedDrop.”
ξ Go to the Dose of Reality website
If you can’t take medicine to a drop off site: mix unused medicine with coffee
grounds or kitty litter. Put in a sealed container in the trash. You could also flush
extra opioids down the toilet.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have any
questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not medical advice.
This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health needs are different, you
should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call
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