Half of parents of parents fail to discard leftover prescription opioids, granting teenagers easy access to these narcotic pain medications.
Researchers found some troubling numbers while examining opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone or Percocet prescribed to children for surgery or illness:
8% reported returning the leftover medications to a pharmacy or physician
30% disposed of medication in the trash or toilet
6% said other family members used the medication
9% couldn’t recall where the medication went
Only 1/3 of parents surveyed said their child’s physician had discussed what to do with leftover medicine; when parents were advised only 26% had leftover medications at home. When not given guidance, 56% of the parents had leftover medications in the home.
Improved communication needs to take place. Check out this link for appropriate disposal methods.
CMA Today Sep-Oct 2016