After having a wisdom tooth pulled you are sent home with 30 Percocet tablets. You heal quickly and the pain is so mild that you only end up taking 5 pills. You have kids in the house and you don’t want to leave 25 opioid painkillers lying around: How can you safely dispose of the unused medication?
Hand them back to your dentist? Nope, that’s a crime.
Flush them down the toilet? Nope, bad for the environment.
Go to a National Prescription Take Back Day drop off site? Sure, if one happens to be scheduled, but it might be many months off.
It shouldn’t and doesn’t need to be this hard, as an article in the current issue of Practical Pain Management reveals.