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Ohio has been hard hit by the opioid crisis. Research shows that public awareness of the issue is high, but many Ohioans just don’t think it will impact them. Ohio’s funeral directors can play a key role in educating our communities, especially families, about ways to safely dispose of a deceased loved one’s leftover prescription medications.

OFDA has partnered with the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance to provide a number of tools and resources that you can use to educate Ohioans about the dangers of opioid addiction and the impact it’s having on communities throughout the state.

Drug misuse often begins in the home medicine cabinet. That's why it is important to immediately dispose of  deceased loved one's leftover pills. The best way to safely dispose of unused medicine is to participate in a drug take-back program or purchase a safe drug deactivation bag.

  • Ohio offers several medication drop box locations to dispose of leftover pills. Find the nearest location to you at dontliveindenial.org
  • Drug deactivation systems like Deterra® are a convenient way to dispose of unwanted medications in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. These bags allow for proper deactivation and disposal in a few easy steps. Just toss the pills into the bag, add water, shake well and throw away. To buy drug deactivation bags, visit deterrasystem.com

The Ohio Opioid Education Alliance graciously provided our office with a limited supply of Deterra® drug deactivation bags. OFDA members may request a sample bag by clicking on the Deterra® Drug Deactivation Bag Order Form below.

Deterra® Drug Deactivation Bag Sample Order Form  

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  • We know it can be difficult to go through personal belongings after a loved one has passed away. While some things can wait, disposing of leftover prescription medications cannot. We all have a role in helping to prevent the next generation from misusing prescription drugs. Visit Don'tLiveinDenial.org for more information.
  • Two out of three teens who misuse opioids admit to getting them from the homes of friends or family members. That's why it's important to dispose of any leftover pills after a loved one has passed away. Together we can help prevent the next generation from misusing prescription drugs. Visit Don'tLiveinDenial.org for safe drug disposal tips.
  • When a loved one passes away, it's important to properly dispose of their leftover prescription medications. You can help prevent the next generation from misusing prescription drugs. Visit Don'tLiveinDenial.org for more information.
  • Unused medications do not below in your home. If someone in your household has recently passed away, be sure to properly discard of their leftover medications. Visit Don'tLiveinDenial.org for safe drug disposal tips.
  • Prescription drug misuse often starts in the home medicine cabinet, that's why it's important to properly dispose of leftover medications after a loved one has passed away. For information on how to safely dispose of leftover medicine, visit Don'tLiveinDenial.org.