Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine, and many others. (National Institute on Drug Abuse).

While opioids can be a great tool when used as prescribed, they can cause devastating damage when used incorrectly.

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Part of creating safe living spaces is ensuring that all potentially harmful medications are kept in places that are inaccessible to children and anyone to whom they are not prescribed.

The Facts

94.22% of Kansas teens have never used prescription drugs not prescribed to them (KCTC,2020).

75% of Kansas teens who have used prescription drugs not prescribed for them have obtained them from friends or family members. (KCTC, 2020)

Opioid prescription rates decreased 13% from 2016-2019. (K-TRACS)

Opioid overdose deaths have decreased 17% from 2016-2019. (K-TRACS)


Knowing how to safely dispose of your opioids is important to ensuring that there is not a surplus of them in your home. Unfortunately, most medications cannot simply be thrown away or flushed down the toilet.

Learn where to take your medications for safe disposal and lead the way in keeping your family and your community safe.

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