If you want to help prevent opioid overdoses, these are some individual ways that you can help.
Safely Store Medications
- Keep medications out of reach of children. To prevent accidental ingestion, keep medications out of reach of children. More information about safe storage can be found at https://www.upandaway.org/
- Get a medication lock box. Medication lock boxes can provide additional security. Think about getting one, especially if you live in a communal space, such as a dorm. These can be found at https://medicinesafe.com/ and other vendors.
- Get rid of unused, unwanted, or expired medications.
- Find a disposal site. Sites to drop off unwanted/unused medications can be found here.
- Dispose at home. You can dispose of medications in your household trash, but there are a few things you need to know first. The simple steps for at home disposal can be found at here.
- Use medications properly.
- Don’t share medications. There’s a reason certain medications need to be carefully prescribed by physicians. If something was prescribed to you, that means it’s for you only.
- Talk to your doctor. Always talk to your doctor about any other medications you are taking. Certain combinations of drugs(like opioids and benzodiazapines) can be more dangerous.
- Get Involved.
- Get trained to use NARCAN®. It’s quick, anyone can get trained, and it means you can save a life. SCCOOPP will provide you with a free kit and training, find out how here.
- Join SCCOOPP. Join our team and find out how you can help!