The Community Coalition of Forest County is taking steps to address alcohol and drug abuse in our communities. Some of the goals are to increase responsible use of alcohol by adults. This includes a community wide campaign called “Parents Who Host Lose the Most”, which discourages parents from allowing underage drinking in the homes. Look for the signs in your neighborhood.
Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in our communities. Here are a few tips about safe storage of medications in the home:
- Periodically organize and keep track of your medications.
- Keep all of your medications in one place and out of reach of children.
- Keep track of the amount of medication you have frequently to make sure no one else is taking it.
- Whenever possible, try to keep medications in their original containers or packaging. The original packaging has useful information such as dosing, expiration date and pharmacy contact information.
- Don’t combine different medications.
- Check the expiration date of the medication and dispose of any expired medicine.
- Don’t share medication with anyone else. Prescription medications are prescribed by medical professionals based on a person’s individual medical condition and history.
- Don’t keep medication once you no longer need it. This will keep it out of the hands of children and others who should not take the medication.
It is important to protect the environment and prevent unintentional misuse and illegal abuse by properly disposing of unused medications. Controlled substances such as opioid pain medications should be disposed of with particular care.
Other Information & Tips
- Check with your pharmacist about proper disposal.
- Inquire with the Sheriff’s Department about drop off sites in our community.
- Click here to see the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources page about pharmaceutical waste disposal.
- Prescription Drug Facts