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Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention


Helpline for Georgia Substance Abuse

Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL)

Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia
​(770) 840-9912


Do you need help or resources regarding prescription drug abuse?  Click here.


Emergency Help for Opioid Overdoses

#1 sign of opioid overdose is unresponsiveness!!!!

Other signs include:

  • Awake, but unable to talk
  • Limp posture
  • Face is pale or clammy
  • Blue fingernails and lips
  • For lighter skinned people, the skin tone turns bluish purple; for darker skinned people, the skin tone turns grayish or ashen
  • Breathing is very slow and shallow, erratic or has stopped
  • Pulse is slow, erratic or not there at all
  • Choking sounds or a snore-like gurgling noise (sometimes called the “death-rattle”)

For more information on Opioid Overdose visit GA Dept. of Public Health @


Do you have drugs that need to to throw away? 

Find out where you can dispose of them safely and properly.

Safe Secure Disposal

  • ​Walmart is offering a first-of-its kind opioid disposal product for free at all of its pharmacies, according to a company statement. The product, called DisposeRX, enables patients to responsibly dispose of leftover medications by turning them into a useless gel. A DisposeRX packet is used by emptying it into a pill bottle with warm water to create the biodegradable gel, according to a statement from Walmart. The solution solidifies, and can be tossed out, making them inaccessible for illicit use.”DisposeRx provides a virtually effortless way for patients to destroy leftover opioids and a way to do so without ever leaving home,” said Walmart in a statement.
  • If no Drug Take-Back program is available in your area, consumers can follow these simple steps from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to dispose of a small number of drugs. This is an acceptable means to dispose of these drugs because they can be especially harmful and, in some cases, fatal in a single dose if they are used by someone other than the person for whom the drug was intended or prescribed, look at the detox information at

Please go to this website to see a list of drugs recommended for disposal by throwing in the household trash or flushing down the sink or in the toilet!

Below are directions to dispose of these identified drugs by either throwing them in the household trash or by flushing down the sink or toilet.

Disposal in the Household Trash

Step 1: Mix medicines (do NOT crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as kitty litter or used coffee grounds.

Step 2: Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag.

Step 3: Throw the container in your household trash.

Flushing of Certain Drugs

There are a select number of drugs that can be disposed of by flushing them down the sink or toilet when they are no longer needed and when they cannot be disposed of through a drug take-back program. When you dispose of these medicines down the sink or toilet, they cannot be accidently used by children, pets, or anyone else. You may have received disposal directions for these medicines when you picked up your prescription.