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How to dispose of unused opioids safely?

There are several ways to ensure that unused opioids are disposed of safely so they are not used or abused by someone to whom they were not prescribed. Many cities have drug take-back sites that will accept unused medications including opioids. You can search for these sites online near you. 

In addition, many pharmacies or medical practices will take back unused opioids. Every state and region has slightly different facilities and policies about drug take-back sites. If you have questions, talk to your doctor about where you can drop off your unused opioid medications.

By: Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.
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