Safe Medication Storage & Disposal
Helping to prevent prescription drug misuse, abuse, and overdose by providing resources and education to our community.
Storage of Prescription Medication
Put Your Medicines Up and Away and Out of Sight to safely store medications in your home.
Storage of Prescription Medications Be Aware. Don’t Share. Lock Your Meds®
Disposal of Medications
When medications are expired, unwanted, or unused, it is important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others. Excess medications can be accidentally ingested, stolen, abused or even make their way to our water systems. Opioids can be disposed safely at home or preferably through Drug Take Back Programs.
Disposal at Home:
- Always take the pills out of the original container, scratch off any identifying information and dispose of the empty container.
- Mix the pills with an unpalatable substance (kitty litter, coffee grounds, dirt), then place the mixture in a sealed bag and throw it away.
- Safely dispose of unused and expired medications at home with a free medication disposal pouch available at any Panhandle Health District Office.
- Do not flush your medication down the toilet.
- Be Aware. Don’t Share.
Drug Take Back Programs:
The best way to dispose of prescriptions is a permanent drop box. To find locations near you, visit the below website:
Office of Drug Policy
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
- October 23, 2021
- Location: participating drop box sites
Naloxone (sometimes called Narcan®) is a medicine that can reverse an opioid overdose. Someone who administers naloxone to a person who appears to be experiencing an opioid overdose is legally protected by Idaho’s Good Samaritan Law.
In Idaho, anyone with a valid reason can ask for a prescription for naloxone from a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or pharmacist. The naloxone does not need to be intended for your own use.