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How You Can Fight The War on Opioids ?

Drug charges involving opioids are gripping this country. The crimial justice system is struggling on how to tackle this problem. One question is thereanything one person can do to stop the spread of this epidemic.

Here is one simple step you can take to stop the spread of the opioid problem. Destroy unused pain prescriptions. Often medical provders prescribe more pain pains than you need. Most people put the pills in a drawer or the medicene cabinet.

Children or grandchildren now prowl through bathrooms in search of pain pills to get high. Simple use of pain pills could lead to abuse of pain pills and even addiction. The solution is to make these pain pills and opioids harder to obtain. Once your done with a prescription for pain pills get rid of them. Don't leave them laying around. Even hospitals waste pain medications.

Here is some information from Vanderbilt of how to dispose of unused prescription medication.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH OLD AND UNUSED MEDICINE?

Flushing medicine down the sink or toilet may be bad for the environment. Throwing it way with the trash may cause less pollution, but there is a risk that other people or animals may find it. Privacy may also be a concern if containers have labels with names and other personal information.

The following steps can be taken to more safely dispose of unused and expired medication:

· Keep medications in the containers they came in with child-resistant lids firmly in place.

· Remove labels before discarding the medication or use a permanent marker to cover any personal information on labels.

· If throwing away liquids, place the liquids in a plastic bag that can be sealed in case of leaks. Wrap glass bottles to prevent breakage.

· Mix medication with things like coffee grounds so people will be less likely to take them.

· Add a small amount of water to pills or capsules to at least partly dissolve them.

· Put the medication inside a package such as a box that doesn't show what's inside.

· Put the medication in the trash as close to pick up time as possible - do not put in recycling bins.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Office of Sustainable Practices has a program providing guidance and assistance related to the proper management of unwanted household waste. The web page can be found at https://www.tn.gov/environment/topic/sw-mm-household-hazardous-waste-program

Vanderbilt School of Nursing has a disposal program for prescription medicines. For more information, please visit their website:http://www.vanderbilt.edu/vanderbiltnurse/2011/10/raiding-the-medicine-cabinet/

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