Any medication, including prescription stimulant medications taken for ADHD, can cause harm if taken in the wrong way or by the wrong person. Practicing safe prescription stimulant medication storage and disposal can help reduce the risk of misuse and abuse.1
When stored improperly, prescription stimulant medications can be found easily in a medicine cabinet or on a kitchen shelf. This increases the chances of family members or visitors accidentally taking or intentionally misusing the medicine.2,3
Get information on how proper storage can help prevent accidental or intentional misuse.
Proper and prompt removal of expired or unused prescription stimulant medications from the home can help reduce the possibility that others may accidentally take or intentionally misuse the medicine.3
1 Put Your Medicines Up and Away and Out of Sight | Features | CDC. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/patientsafety/features/medication-storage.html. Published June 17, 2019. Accessed October 2020.
2 Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine.; 2018. https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2018-11/DEA_PrescriptionForDisaster-2018ed_508.pdf. Accessed October 2020.
3 S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. Unwanted Medications. https://scdhec.gov/environment/recycling-waste-reduction/unwanted-medications. Published 2018. Accessed October 2020.