Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs | Big Horn Basin Media

Dispose of Prescription Drugs Safely

Written by on March 7, 2017

Prescription drugs are one of the most commonly abused substances in Wyoming.

Youth who abuse prescription drugs often report they took the meds from family or friends; or they bought them off other youth or young adults. Frequently addicts break into homes or vehicles to gain access to pills, or even steal drugs from relatives.

In an effort to keep unused prescription narcotics out of circulation, the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming, in conjunction with the Wyoming Department of Health, is getting the word out to get rid of those drugs safely.

Steve Miller with the Prevention Management Organization says that they have set up two disposal locations in Park County, one at the Law Enforcement Center in Cody and the other at the Police Station in Powell. He says you can put drugs in those boxes that you no longer need, and they can be disposed of in an environmentally safe manner.

The Park County Prevention Management Organization says you can use these boxes to safely dispose of unused & outdated prescriptions, vet drugs, over the counter medications, vitamins, and medical patches and creams, although needles are not accepted.

Miller says that the Prevention Management Organization works with law enforcement and health organizations to provide alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and suicide prevention information to the public. They have set up these disposal sites in all 23 counties in Wyoming.

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