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The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) is a convening organization of community and advocacy leaders working to address our nation’s opioid crisis.

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SAMHSA’s National Helpline

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services hosts a treatment and referral service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (1-800-662-4357), as well as an extensive online resource center and opioid program directory.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

CADCA provides numerous resources for community leaders working to address the crisis, including an online toolkit for addressing substance use disorders in veteran populations, and much more.

SAFELY USE:

SAFELY USE:

SAFELY STORE:

SAFELY DISPOSE:

ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

ABOUT HOW TO USE A PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION BEFORE TAKING IT.

 

BE SURE TO FOLLOW DOSING

RECOMMENDATIONS CLOSELY.

 

DON'T MIX MEDICATIONS WITHOUT FIRST CHECKING WITH YOUR DOCTOR. NEVER MIX PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS WITH ALCOHOL.

 

DON’T TAKE SOMEONE ELSE’S

MEDICATION. 

One of the best things we can all do to help address the nation’s addiction crisis is to safely dispose of unneeded unused prescription medications. There are several options:

YOU CAN USE HOUSEHOLD MATERIALS TO DISPOSE OF YOUR UNUSED MEDICATIONS. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS MIX YOUR MEDICINES WITH KITTY LITTER OR OLD COFFEE GROUNDS IN AN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER AND DISPOSE OF IT IN YOUR TRASH CAN.

YOU CAN VISIT A DRUG TAKEBACK CENTER IN YOUR COMMUNITY. CLICK HERE TO FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU.

YOU CAN USE A HOME DISPOSAL KIT – YOU’LL PUT UNUSED MEDICATIONS IN THE INCLUDED POUCH, ADD WATER, SEAL AND DISPOSE OF IT IN THE TRASH.

To learn more about safe use and storage of prescription medication at home, download a helpful brochure from Zero Left.

SAFELY STORE:

ALWAYS KEEP PRESCRIPTION

MEDICATIONS IN A LOCKED OR

SECURE PLACE – AND ALWAYS OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.

HAVE A FAMILY CONVERSATION

ABOUT THE DANGERS OF MISUSING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.

NEVER SHARE MEDICATIONS WITH FAMILY MEMBERS.

SAFELY DISPOSE:

ONCE YOU ARE FINISHED USING A PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION AS

DIRECTED BY A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, YOU SHOULD SAFELY DISPOSE OF IT RATHER THAN KEEP IT IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET FOR FUTURE USE.

THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO EASILY AND SAFELY DISPOSE OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS RIGHT AT HOME.

 

LEARN MORE BELOW.

 

WARNING SIGNS

PHYSICAL
SIGNS:

INCREASE IN FATIGUE OR DROWSINESS

RAPID WEIGHT LOSS

FREQUENT CONSTIPATION
OR NAUSEA

DECLINE IN PERSONAL HYGIENE

WEARING LONG SLEEVES REGARDLESS OF THE SEASON

BEHAVIORAL
SIGNS:

UNEXPLAINED ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL OR WORK

LOSS OF INTEREST IN HOBBIES

A DROP IN GRADES OR PERFORMANCE AT WORK

SPENDING LESS TIME WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY

HANGING OUT WITH A NEW FRIEND GROUP

INDICATORS
IN THE HOME:

MISSING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS

EMPTY PILL BOTTLES

PARAPHERNALIA, SUCH AS SYRINGES, SHOE LACES OR RUBBER HOSE, KITCHEN SPOONS, ALUMINUM FOIL, STRAWS, LIGHTERS

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