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How should I get rid of unused opioid medication?

Travis M. Hendry, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Get rid of unused opioid medication (strong medications that affect the way your brain handles pain signals) in one of these ways:
  • Drop it off at a drug collection site -- this is the best option. Check with your police department, or check online for a current list of collection sites.
  • Flush opioid pain medication down the toilet. (Note: This is not the method recommended for most other medications.)

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