Opioids and Older Adults

Want to help address opioid use and addiction in our community? Some simple steps can make the difference.

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1. Talk with the people you care about.

Have a conversation about preventing drug misuse and overdose. Addressing the risk of drug misuse is a conversation to have with all those you love and care about, including grandparents and older relatives.


Opioids - closer to home than you might think.

Talk with your loved ones.


2. Talk with your health care provider about it.

Opioid-based medications can be useful for pain management, especially after surgery. But there are also other options to manage pain. Opioids are not always needed. People should talk with their provider about all options.


Some resources that can be helpful:

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3. Store and dispose of medications safely.

When you do have medications in your home, keep them stored safely.

  • Keep medications in their original containers with caps on.

  • Kids are curious, keep medicine out of reach. Store in a locked location or box.

  • Avoid storing medicine in the bathroom, kitchen, purse or other visible places.

  • Carefully, keeping track of your medications and storing them safely, protects the people you love.

If you have old medications that you no longer need, dispose of them safely. The best way to dispose of them is to put them in a medication drop box.



Community Overdose Education and Naloxone Rescue Kit Trainings

Need more information or support for older adults in Thurston County? Connect with a local organization.

Still have questions?


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