Prescription Medication Misuse

Prescription Drugs

Prescription medication, when used by the person it is prescribed for and used as directed, is not considered “misuse”. When we’re talking about prescription drug misuse by teens, we mean taking medication that was not prescribed for you by a doctor, or using it in a manner that is not what is indicated on the label. 

What are the most misused prescription drugs among youth? Two thirds of teens and young adults who report misuse of prescription medicine are buying or given it from friends, family, and acquaintances. Teens are more likely to misuse opioids, stimulants, and central nervous system (CNS) depressants.

Opioids: Used to relieve pain, such as Vicodin, OxyCotin, or codeine.

Stimulants: Used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall, Vyanse, and Ritalin.

CNS Depressants: Used to relieve anxiety or help a person sleep, such as Valium or Xanax.

What can you do to prevent youth prescription medication misuse?

Where do you store your medicines? Would you notice if your pills were missing?

  • Be aware of how many pills are in your prescription bottle and keep track of your refill.
  • Monitor your child’s medication and refills.
  • Encourage your friends and relatives–especially grandparents–to regularly monitor their own medicine cabinets.

The majority of abusers claim they got the drugs from their friends or relatives, typically without their knowledge.

  • Take prescription medications out of the medicine cabinet and hide them in a place only you know about.
  • Tell relatives, grandparents, and your child’s friends to lock their medications or keep them in a safe place.

Safely disposing of expired or unused prescription medications is a critical step in helping protect your teens.

  • You can dispose of the medications at home. Mix the medication with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. Put the mixture into an empty cart or bag or discard in the trash. To help prevent unauthorized refills and protect yours, and your family’s, privacy, remove any personal, identifiable information from prescription bottles or pill packages before you throw them away.

For more information on how you can play an active role in prevention youth prescription medication misuse, please visit the Parent Up website.

Rx/OTC Drop Box Locations:
Thirteen (13) prescription drop boxes are now available through the Northland at the locations listed below! A printable flyer can be found here. The community is encouraged to drop any unused, outdated, or unwanted prescription drugs in the box. There is no paperwork required, just place the medications in the drop box located in the lobby. The policy department will incinerate all collected medications per government recommendations. 

Claycomo Police Department Lobby
115 Us-69, Claycomo, MO 64119
(816) 452-4613 Drop Off Hours: M-F, 8am-5pm

Excelsior Springs Police Department
301 South Main, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
(816) 630-2000 Drop Off Hours: Open 24/7

Gladstone Police Department
7010 N. Holmes, Gladstone, MO 64118
(816) 436-3550 Drop Off Hours: Open 24/7

Kearney Police Department
725 W. 92 Highway, Kearney, MO 64060
(816) 628-3925
Drop Off Hours: M-F, 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm

KCMO Police North Patrol
11000 NW Prairie View Rd., Kansas City, MO 64153
(816) 628-3925 Drop Off Hours: Open 24/7

KCMO Police Shoal Creek Patrol Lobby
6801 NE Pleasant Valley Rd., Kansas City, MO 64119
(816) 413-3400 Drop Off Hours: Open 24/7 M-F, Closed after 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Lawson Police Department Lobby
103 W 3rd St., Lawson, MO 64062
(816) 580-7210
Drop Off Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:00pm

Liberty Police Department
101 E Kansas St., Liberty, MO 64068
(816) 439-4716 Drop Off Hours: Open 24/7

North Kansas City CVS Pharmacy
1914 Swift St., North Kansas City, MO 64116
(816) 221-1603 Drop Off Hours: M-F 8am-8pm, 10am-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Platte County Sherriff’s Department
415 Third St., Platte City, MO 64079
(816) 858-2424 Drop Off Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

Richmond Police Department
205 Summit St., Richmond, MO 64085
(816) 776-3575 Drop Off Hours: M-F 8am-4pm

Riverside Police Division
2290 NW Vivion Rd., Riverside, MO 64150
(816) 741-1191 Drop Off Hours: Open 24/7

Smithville Police Department Lobby
107 West Main St., Smithville, MO 64089
(816) 532-0500 Drop Off Hours: M-F 8am-5pm.

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