Most Adults in US Unaware of Safe Prescription Drug Disposal Methods – APhA submits compounding comments to FDA. – (866) 348-2889
A majority of adults in the US are unaware of the importance of safely disposing of prescription opioid medications, according to a national poll. Poll results underscore the need for outreach and education to patients, caregivers, and families to mitigate the likelihood of misuse before it occurs. An overwhelming majority of adults (62%) say their health care provider or pharmacist has not spoken to them about safe storage or disposal of prescription opioids. If they had information on how to do it, most adults (68%) said they would be more likely to safely dispose of opioids.
In addition, a sizable percentage of adults do not know about disposal methods. When asked how much they have seen, read, or heard about safely disposing of opioids or other prescriptions, 25% reported “not too much” and 21% reported “not at all,” while 35% reported “some” and 20% reported “a lot.”