Substance Abuse Awareness
Opioid overdoses including prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl claimed
more than 42,000 people in 2016 - more than any year on record, according
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A number of opioids are prescribed by physicians to relieve pain including
hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine. While many people benefit
from these medications to manage pain, prescription drugs are frequently
diverted for improper use. A survey found slightly more than 50 percent
of those who misuse prescription painkillers got them from a friend or
relative for free and more than 20 percent got them from a physician.
Disposing of unneeded medications
Having unnecessary narcotic medications in the home puts you at risk, both
for medication misuse/abuse and the potential for burglary/theft by others.
We strongly recommend you dispose of medications, especially narcotics;
as soon as possible once you no longer need them. Do not flush them down
the toilet or place them in the trash, as these medications can be extremely
dangerous to other people, animals and the environment.
King's Daughters Family Pharmacy
We can help you dispose of unused/unneeded medications of all types.
King's Daughters Family Pharmacy locations in Ashland, Ironton and
Portsmouth accept unused medications at any time, regardless of when a
prescription was filled. This program gives the public the opportunity
to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially
dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
An easy-to-use container inside the Family Pharmacy at Medical Plaza B
in Ashland makes it easy to properly dispose of all types of medications.
Unused/unneeded medications do not need to be in its original container.
They can be placed in bags or any container.
Items not permitted:
For more information on disposal guidelines, call (606) 324-0092.
Reducing risks of addiction
In an effort to reduce the risk of developing dependency/addiction, national
standards now call for narcotic prescriptions not to exceed nine days.
It is important to carefully follow doctor's orders for using these
medications. We advise you to stop opioids and change to non-prescription
medication such as Tylenol or icing to dull pain, massage or other non-narcotic methods.
For nearly 30 years, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's
has been working to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness
on America's communities. Through their comprehensive website
samhsa.gov, those looking for help can find local treatment facilities, gain access
to support groups and download mobile apps that provides information about
treatment approaches, critical helplines and other valuable community
Developed by Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Parents360 RX is educational
video spotlighting the epidemic of prescription drug abuse including prevention
and ways to respond.