LifeSteps Coalition is committed to promote safe disposal and prevent prescription misuse, addiction and overdoses in Williamson County.
What is the problem?
Some medications have a high potential for misuse. Among those medications, opioids, commonly know as painkillers are driving this epidemic. Medications such as Hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), Oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet), Fentanyl, Morphine (e.g., Kadian, Avinza) and Codeine, if abused can be harmful. Prescription medications should be taken when you need and as prescribed.
What are the reasons to dispose of unused and expired medications?
Two-thirds of teens and young adults who report the use of prescription medicine are getting it from friends, family, and acquaintances. A potential drug dealer has found a way in every household - the home medicine cabinet.
Children and pets are the most common victims of accidental poisoning from medication languishing around the house.
Flushing medications down the toilet or drain can contaminate our lakes and streams, and end up in our drinking water.
Medications placed in the household trash can contaminate the environment and are susceptible to diversion.
LifeSteps Coalition is providing free medication disposal bags for schools, clinics, senior living facilities, and neighborhood associations. The bags are a safe and convenient way to dispose of meds at home. You can destroy up to 90 pills or 12 oz of liquid in just a few minutes - see video below.
Take-Back Day is organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It provides a safe and convenient of disposing of prescription drugs (controlled and non-controlled). The Take-Back Day is available to the public twice a year (Spring and Fall).