The State of Drug Storage, Disposal Labeling Information for Opioid Analgesics
Misuse of prescription opioids represents the main source of diversion of medication.
Package inserts for opioid analgesics may not consistently provide information regarding safe drug storage and/or disposal, according to a brief research report by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.
Misuse of prescription opioids represents the main source of diversion of medication, presumably in part because of insufficient knowledge regarding safe storage and disposal practices by patients.
Although evidence supports the notion that appropriate information by drug providers (eg, on the drug package insert) may effectively improve risky behaviors, it is not clear how or whether such information is conveyed.