Dear Families,

Quarantine has left many teens feeling bored as if they have nothing to do. Well, it happens to be the perfect time for spring cleaning!

We know that people tend to keep expired or unused medications in their homes. Storing unused medications in an easily accessible cabinet can put loved ones in danger. According to results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, unused prescription drugs were the most common source of misuse and diversion in teens.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, opioids, like Percocet, CAN be disposed of by flushing them down the toilet. However, stimulants, like Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin, and Vyvanse CANNOT be disposed of by flushing them. Clean out your medicine cabinet by bringing unused medicines to your local police station (most police stations are able to take the pills and safely handle them).

You never know who is going through your medicine cabinet.

For more information go to:
1) Our YouTube video on Prescription Drug Diversion
2) FDA information on drug disposal
3) New York Times article on stimulant abuse in high school

Call our office if you have any questions!

All of us at Westwood-Mansfield Pediatric Associates
“Proactive in your child’s care. Empowering families for over 65 years.”