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If you or a loved one are using/misusing drugs or alcohol, learn about safe prescribing, usage, storage and disposal practices, harm reduction and treatment options.

Naloxone/Narcan

Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose. If administered in time, naloxone can save the life of an individual suffering from an overdose. 

Naloxone is safe and effective, and can easily be obtained to protect yourself or a loved one. Ask your pharmacist about naloxone or find a pharmacy near you that has standing orders to dispense naloxone.

With all forms of naloxone, it is important to be mindful of the expiration date. Naloxone may be prescribed as either a nasal spray or muscle injection

Colorado's Good Samaritan Law

Colorado's "Good Samaritan Law" provides limited legal protection from drug charges for those who call 911 for help for an overdose victim. It also protects persons suffering an opioid overdose.  Learn more from the Harm Reduction Action Center.

Safe Disposal

Medication

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office has a drug-take back box and annually hosts a drug take back day. You can also find a permanent medication take-back location.

To safely dispose of medications at home:

  1. Remove from the original container. Remove the label or cross out any identifying information on the bottle or packaging. 
  2. Mix with something that can not be eaten like kitty litter, coffee grounds, home cleaner, etc.
  3. Place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty can with lid, or other durable container that prevents leakage.
  4. Wrap the container in a newspaper or a plain brown bag to conceal its contents. 
  5. Place it in your trash the day your trash is collected. 

Needles

Needles should never be thrown out loosely in the trash or the toilet. Instead, learn to safely depose of needles


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