Safe Homes ~ How to Dispose of Your Unwanted Prescriptions in Oklahoma
The subject of homes is a constant discussion topic for real estate agents but this morning I want to talk to you about another topic with "homes" in it.
One of the ways to help keep our homes safe for those that live in it and those visiting is to properly dispose of all unused unwanted unneeded medications.
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control coordinates a program called "Safe Trips for Scripts". They provide drop boxes in local law enforcement agencies across the state that you can drop your unused, unwanted, unneeded medications into for safe disposal. You can locate a dropbox near you by Clicking here .
If you do not have a drop box near you, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotic and Dangerous Drugs Control suggests disposing of your unused unwanted unneeded drugs by mixing them with something unpalatable in a zip lock bag. Suggestions are kitty litter or used coffee grounds. Then throwing the zip lock bag into the garbage.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are some medications that in some cases, may be fatal with just one dose if they are taken by anyone other than the patient. Those medications should be flushed down the sink or toilet as soon as they are no longer needed, and when they cannot be disposed of through a medication drop box. A list of those medications can be found here.
There are probably permanent drop boxes for disposing of medications near you, regardless of what state you live in. The National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day kicked these programs off. The Product Stewardship Institute has a list of all states with links to find where your drop box would be located. Our local dropbox is at the McCurtain County Sheriff's Department.
There are many areas of home safety that come up at times for real estate agents, especially during home inspections but drug safety is not one that I've had come up during those inspections. It is something that we all need to think about since it has nothing to do with possibly selling or buying a home and everything to do with just day to day life for all of us... Most of us have unused unneeded unwanted prescriptions in our homes. Let's dispose of those and do it in the correct way to keep our homes safe!
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