Prescription drug abuse remains high among those who get a hold of them and use them illegally.
Many Casper doctors and police officers offer drug disposal programs and have drop off locations at the police station to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.
We took a look at how to properly discard prescription drugs, once they're no longer needed.
Prescription drugs help treat common medical problems, but once they've expired, they need to be thrown away properly.
Lanae Fox at Wyoming Medical Center commented, “Getting those old medications that people are not using out of their homes helps protect both the patients and their potential family members."
According to the Center for Disease Control, 70% of those who used painkillers non-medically either got them from a friend or relative.
Nearly one third of illicit drug users, who start abusing drugs, began using prescription drugs non-medically.
Teenagers even tend to use them illegally.
Also at Wyoming Medical Center, Patti Nelson shared, “There's a huge amount of them who are trying these drugs and not for the right purpose."
Problems like this push health professionals to team up with Casper Police and Prevention Management employees each year.
They often host drug disposal events to prevent this problem.
"Having these community events helps us increase awareness that they can bring their meds and keep them out of landfills."
Special lock boxes also help keep your drugs out of family members' hands, especially children.
Casper police told News 13 thieves often get their hands on them and sell them on the street.
"Generally what we see are people who breaking into cars or homes,” said Casper Police Sgt. Scott Jones.
Overall, police advise us to drop off any old drugs at drop boxes located inside each police department.
Pharmacists recommend, “Getting those out of your home can really be a safety concern."
Doctors also advise against throwing away your drugs in the trash or flushing them down the toilet, doing so could cause contamination problems either at the landfill or in our water supply.