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Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse
Only buy prescription medications from a pharmacy. Never buy pills off the street, as this is dangerous and illegal. Only use prescription medications in the exact way in which they are prescribed, and never share medications. Keep track of which prescription medications you have in your house and how many. Store prescription medications in a secure place that only you know about.
Find out more about Prescription Drug Safety from Parent Up, our regional prevention resource for parents.
Don’t keep unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications in your home. Dispose of medications at the permanent drop box at Excelsior Springs Hospital Police Department, or in your local prescription drop box. You can also dispose of them safely at home with a drug disposal bag. Stop by Excelsior Springs Hospital's pharmacy for free drug disposal bags.
Have intentional conversations about prescription medicines with kids and teens in your life. Teach them they should never share their medications with anyone else, and should never take another person’s prescription medication. Let them know that just because it’s medicine, does not mean it’s harmless. Also, help kids understand that taking a random pill can be deadly, due to fentanyl being frequently found in counterfeit pills.