Safe Disposal of Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia

I had an opportunity to do a Hospice interview at Flagler Hospital.  It was a good experience.  It is an interesting job what they do in the Hospice Unit, helping patients and their families through the transition.  I talked with my client and she passed away later that night.  Her son, however, was left with a whole bunch of insulin, which is now drug paraphernalia.  You do not want those things around in case you have law enforcement come to call. The Hospice Unit took care of this in our case as one of the services Hospice does, but there a couple of other authorized locations where you can dispose of drugs and drug paraphernalia safely and responsibly without introducing controlled substances into the water supply, supporting someone else’s addiction, or getting criminally charged for possession.  The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office ‘Operation Medicine Cabinet’ has the following drop box locations and hours: St. Johns County Sheriff Office Lobby 4015 Lewis Speedway St. Augustine, Florida 32084 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Julington Creek Annex 725 Flora Branch Blvd. Saint Johns, Florida 32259 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Read More

Travel Tip with Prescription Drugs

Take your drugs on schedule and take your prescription for that schedule drug.  If the prescription is on the pill bottle (and you are the patient for whom the medicine is prescribed) and you have the pill bottle with you, fine, but a lot of people like to put their drugs in pill cases to travel (or so they remember to take them on the right days at the right times).  That is fine also, as long as you have the prescriptions with you as well. The US government keeps drugs on a schedule as determined by their abuse rate.  Some of these substances are effective medicines and are legitimately prescribed by doctors. Though a scheduled drug may be legally prescribed to you, if you do not have that prescription with you, you could still be arrested for possession of a controlled substance and have that arrest on your permanent record even if you can prove later that you were living better through chemistry under a doctor’s orders. Packing a suitcase?  Do not forget your prescriptions…and your doctors’ notes.    Read More

Drug Schedule

The US government keeps drugs on a schedule as determined by the abuse rate as follows: Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous with highest potential for abuse and high potential for severe psychological or physical dependence—heroin, LSD, ecstasy, etc. Schedule II drugs have less potential for abuse and include cocaine, methadone, and OxyContin. Schedule III drugs have a lower abuse rate and include Tylenol with certain amounts of codeine, anabolic steroids, and testosterone. Schedule IV drugs have an even lower potential for abuse, and include Xanax, Valium, and Ambien. Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential for abuse, and include Robitussin AC with certain amounts of codeine, Lyrica, and Lomotil. If you are living through chemistry, be sure to keep your prescription handy.  Though a scheduled drug may be legally prescribed to you, if you do not have that prescription with you, you could still be arrested for possession of a controlled substance and have that arrest on your permanent record even if you can show later that you had a doctor’s orders to take that drug. Read More