Prescription DrugS

What is Prescription Drug Abuse? [1]

  • Taking prescription drugs not prescribed to you

  • Using prescription drugs in a way that was not prescribed

  • Taking prescription drugs to get high


Did you know?

  • More than 1,600 teens begin abusing prescription drugs each day. [2]

  • After marijuana and alcohol, the most common drugs teens are misuing or abusing are prescription medications. [2]

  • Drug overdoses kill more than cars, guns & falling: [3]

    • Falling = 28,360 deaths

    • Cars = 32,351 deaths

    • Guns = 33,692 deaths

    • Drug Overdoses = 43,982 deaths (16,235 from pain medicine)

  • The U.S. has 5% of the world's population and consumes about 75% of the world's prescription opioids. [3]

  • It is illegal in Minnesota to possess prescription drugs without a lawful prescription as well as selling prescription drugs, whether the original prescription is yours or not.  In doing so, you could be charged with a felony


Safe Storage of Medications:

Store all medications in their original containers and in a place that children and visitors cannot easily access.  Sort through medications annually and properly dispose of outdated and unneeded medications.

Proper Storage:

Click here to find out how to safely store and dispose of unneeded medications.


Disposing of Medications:

The best way to insure that unused or expired medications do not contaminate the environment or get into the wrong hands is to safely dispose of them through the Drug Disposal Program.

Feel free to print the following flyer to post and/or distribute at your place of business to spread awareness about the importance of safely disposing of your prescription medications.  

Use one of four drug disposal boxes located throughout the Sherburne County.

The following items will not be accepted:

  • Sharps or Pointed Items (Needles, Syringes, Epi-Pens, Lancets)

  • Institutional Items (Nursing Homes, Care Centers, Clinics, Day Care)

  • Non-Drug Items (Glucose Test Meters, Blood Pressure Equipment)

  • Liquids (Cough Syrup)

Disposing of Liquids: 

Disposing of Sharps or Pointed Items: 

  • Check with your local clinics and/or hospitals to see if they offer collection programs. 

  • Use home needle-destruction devices.

  • Use mail-back disposal programs. 

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