According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), an estimated 18 million people in the U.S. misused prescription medications in 2017. Young adults ages 18 - 25 had the highest rates of misuse with 14.4% reporting non-medical use in the last year. Locally, 30% of teens who completed a survey reported taking a prescription medication from a family member in 2018.

All medications can be harmful if they are misused, however opioids are extremely dangerous. In 2019, there were 1,200 overdose deaths in Connecticut, up 18% from 2018. Of those, 94% involved opioids (both prescription and illicit opioids); 82% involved fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid. The data shows Connecticut is on target to have even more overdose deaths this year.

Don't let your unused medications end up in the wrong hands. Read below to learn how you can properly dispose.