Prescription Pain Medication—Signs of an overdose and how to properly dispose of all prescription medication

Posted at 2:40 PM, Mar 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-09 17:56:42-04

When you or someone you know is taking prescription medication, specifically prescription pain medication, it is crucial to follow the dosage instructions from your physician or pharmacist. A medication overdose can be extremely dangerous and possibly fatal, so it is important to recognize the signs and seek medical attention immediately.

Signs of a prescription pain medication overdose:

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Slowed or difficulty breathing
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Coma

How to safely dispose prescription medication

Many people end up with one or more unused or expired prescriptions in their homes. In order to prevent the accidental or intentional use of your unused medications, it is important to know how to dispose of them safely.

The Medication Disposal Program is designed to help Utah citizens dispose of unused medications safely and conveniently. Local law enforcement agencies all over Utah have installed prescription medication drop boxes that are clearly marked and monitored. Medications collected in these boxes will be handled according to protocols and incinerated at Utah Department of Environmental Quality approved incinerators.

To find your nearest prescription medication drop box, visit

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