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Do you need help with opioid medication addiction issues, or do you have a loved one with an addiction or misuse problem?
Remember that addiction is not a choice or a moral failing. Addiction is a disease of the brain. If you recognize the symptoms of addiction in yourself or in a loved one, it is important to seek help right away. The longer an addiction progresses, the more far-reaching the negative effects will be. Resources are available for you now.
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All medications should be stored out of reach of children, and in a safe place—preferably locked—to prevent other family members and visitors from taking them. Opioid medications pose a particularly high risk of diversion and poisoning – with almost 22,000 pediatric emergency department visits related to prescription opioid poisonings between 2006 and 2012 and with more than 70 percent of people using opioid analgesics for nonmedical reasons getting them from family or friends.
Learn how to store your medication safely.
22,000 pediatric emergency department visits related to prescription opioid poisonings between 2006 and 2012
70 percent of people using opioid analgesics for nonmedical reasons getting them from family or friends
DISPOSING OF UNUSED MEDICATION
Do you know how to correctly dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused opioids?
When you no longer need your opioid medication, it is important to dispose of it as quickly as possible to prevent anyone from using the opioid without a prescription. By immediately disposing of any unused opioids, you can also help prevent a child or animal from finding and using the opioid by accident.
How to Store Your Medication
What you need to know about opioid pain medication.
What to Do With Unused Meds