Patient Options for Safe and Effective Disposal of Unused Opioids.

Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office; September 2019. Publication GAO-19-650.

One strategy to reduce the potential of opioid misuse is to limit access to unused medications in the home. Examining programs to safely collect unused prescription opioids for disposal and patient awareness and use of such programs, this report found that many adults are unaware these programs exist or choose to retain or sell unused prescription opioids rather than utilize safe disposal services.