What should I do with unused opioid medicine?

Your leftover opioids can be taken by people you’d never expect to take them: friends, relatives, and even your kids and their friends. Proper disposal is the only guarantee that none of your leftover opioids will be misused or lead to an overdose.

Dispose of your unused medications when the reason you were prescribed them is no longer relevant. It’s important to get rid of partially-used prescriptions that so many of us have lying around. Holding on to a prescription “just in case” you need it again one day is not a good idea. Any accident or impaired driving charge that occurs while under the influence of drugs taken not as prescribed or taken outside the prescribed period can lead to enhanced charges, including charges of possession of controlled substances because, technically speaking, those medications are illegal.

View the Safe Medication Disposal page for locations in Kenosha County where you can dispose of unused medications.

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1. Why do I need this medication? Is it right for me?
2. What are the risks of using prescription opioids for pain, especially chronic pain?
3. Are there non-opioid alternatives that could help with pain relief while I recover?
4. How long should I take this medication?
5. What if I have a history of addiction with tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs? What if there is a history of addiction in my family?
6. Could this treatment interact with my other medicines, especially ones prescribed for anxiety, sleeping problems, or seizures?
7. Can I share this medication with someone else? Why not?
8. How can I reduce the risk of potential side effects from this medication?
9. How should I store my opioid medication to prevent other people from taking it?
10. What should I do with unused opioid medicine?
11. How do I view additional resources from Save Lives Kenosha?