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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Children's Mercy is partnering with local law enforcement and DEA to offer safe medication disposal on October 27th. Turn in your unused or expired prescription medication for safe disposal at the front entrance of Children's Mercy Adele Hall, Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas, Children's Mercy East, or Children's Mercy North.

Saturday, October 27, 2018
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

You can also visit www.dea.gov or call (800) 882-9539 for a collection site near you.

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Safe medication disposal

Below are options and special instructions for disposing of expired, unwanted, or unused medications.

Safe medication storage

  • Always put medications (especially opioids) in a safe and secure place like a locked cabinet, drawer, or box to help protect your children and prevent access from others. Older children and teens can be just as curious as toddlers and may be pressured by friends to take medications in the wrong way or "to get high". Parents can (and should) help reduce teen access to prescription medications, especially at home. Drug use by teens can lead to the development of a chronic substance use disorder.
  • Keep track of how many pills are in each of your medicine bottles or pill packets for all medications in your home, especially those known to be addictive and commonly abused, such as opioids, benzodiazepines, and stimulants. Monitor doses and keep track of refills.
  • The main source of medications for teens are their friends, the home medicine cabinet or their friends' medicine cabinet - not a drug dealer. Make sure your friends, parents of your teen's friends, neighbors, and relatives - especially grandparents - know the risks and ask them to always monitor the medications in their homes.

To learn more visit upandaway.org

Free medication storage devices

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