It’s up to all of us to take action against medicine abuse. The best place to start is in your own home by storing medications safely and securely, and by properly disposing of any unused medications. With the holidays approaching and the possibility of hosting people in your home, now is the time to take the easy steps towards safety for your family and friends.
Step 1: Monitor
How aware are you of the prescription medications currently in your home? Would you know if some of your pills were missing? From this day forward, make sure you can honestly answer yes. Pay attention to what medication you have and how much. If that means counting pills, then count them. Being aware is the first step.
Step 2: Secure
Protect your medications as you would anything valuable in your home. Hide it in a place only you know about. If possible, keep all medicine, both prescription and over-the-counter, in a safe place, such as a locked cabinet.
Step 3: Dispose
If you no longer use a medication, proper disposal is key. There is never a need to hold onto expired or unused medicine, especially prescription drugs. Fremont County has several locations with drop boxes for safe drug disposal.
- Lander Police Department – 240 Lincoln Street
- Riverton Police Department – 816 North Federal Boulevard
- Dubois Sheriff’s Office – 712 Meckem Street
- Shoshoni Town Hall & Police Department – 102 West 2nd Street
- SageWest Health Care in Lander – 1320 Bishop Randall Drive
- SageWest Health Care in Riverton – 2100 West Sunset Drive
- Wind River Cares Clinic in Arapahoe – 14 Great Plains Road
- Indian Health Services Clinic in Ft. Washakie – 29 Black Coal Drive
OR…the Prevention Program has Deterra Drug Deactivation bags available for the public. They can pick them up at the Public Health office, 322 North 8th Street West in Riverton.
Never take for granted that your medication is safe. Take control this holiday season!
For a more complete, in-depth list of medication safety, click here.