Storage and Disposal for Prescription Stimulants

Any medication, including prescription stimulants taken for ADHD, can cause harm if taken in the wrong way or by the wrong person. Practicing safe prescription stimulant storage and disposal can help reduce the risk of misuse and abuse.1

Safe Storage for Prescription Stimulants

When stored improperly, prescription stimulants 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.

Safe Disposal for Prescription Stimulants

Proper and prompt removal of expired or unused prescription stimulants 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/features/medicationstorage/index.html. Published June 17, 2019. Accessed December 2019.
  2. Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine.; 2018. https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2018-11/DEA_PrescriptionForDisaster-2018ed_508.pdf. Accessed December 2019.
  3. S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. Unwanted Medications. https://scdhec.gov/environment/recycling-waste-reduction/unwanted-medications. Published 2018. Accessed December 2019.
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