ER Wait Time: mins
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re no stranger to taking medicine. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 82% of American adults take at least one medication and 29% take five or more. Medications are a vital part of healing from illness or injury and managing ongoing conditions so that you can be your healthiest self and get the most out of life.
While medications can provide many benefits, misusing them can be detrimental to your health and negatively impact the health and safety of your community. Here are some reminders to help you develop safe medication habits:
Use medications responsibly. Take your medications only as prescribed by your doctor, and don’t share your prescription medications with anyone else. Medicines can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
Store medications properly. Always relock the cap on your medicine bottles, and keep medicines in a safe and locked location out of the reach of children and out of sight from friends and visitors. Each year, approximately 60,000 children visit the ER after accessing medications when adults aren’t present. Many people who become addicted to opioid medications get them from a friend or relative’s medicine cabinet.
Safely dispose of unused or expired medications. Don’t throw them in the trash or flush them down the toilet. Medications that are thrown away can be easily retrieved and abused or illegally sold, while medicine that is flushed down the toilet can contaminate the water supply. Safe disposal of medications can help prevent accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse, and promotes a healthy environment for your family and neighbors.
Find a Medication Drop Box or Take-Back Program Near You
Medication drop offs are a convenient, hassle-free way to safely dispose of your unused and expired medications. Unused medication can be dropped off at the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office at 78 W. Lee St in Warrenton. For additional information, please visit their website:
Simply stop by this location and drop off those medications that are gathering dust in your medicine cabinet. By properly disposing of your unused and expired medications, you’ll be helping to make your home safer and your community healthier.
If you would like more information on prescription drug abuse, visit www.DEA.gov, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.JustThinkTwice.com.
If you would like more information about safe medication use, visit http://consumermedsafety.org/.