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What Should I Do With the Deceased’s Medications?

Prescription medications are collected by OME investigators or by the police if the death occurs outside of a hospital setting.  The identification of medications being used and number of pills remaining can provide useful information in the investigation of the death. 

If the death occurs in a health care facility or you discover additional medications later that belonged to the deceased, you can take them to a designated drop off location. 

These locations can be found online at: useonlyasdirected.org/drop-off-locator/, or by calling the Utah Department of Environmental Quality hotline at 1-800-458-0145.

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