A Guide for Navigating Your Prescription

For many, prescription drugs are an important part of taking care of themselves, their bodies and their minds. Below is a guide for how to: read your prescription bottle, use your prescription drugs, store your prescription drugs, and dispose of extra or expired prescription drugs.

Reading Your Prescription Drug Bottle

  • Drug name
  • Strength
  • Dosage
  • Directions of Use
  • Quantity Prescribed
  • Number of Authorized Refills

Using Your Prescription Drug

  • Use medications exactly as prescribed
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember
  • Never double up on a dose
  • Do not stop taking your medicine without consulting with your doctor
  • Only use the medicine that is prescribed to you
  • Never share medications
  • Never take someone else's medications

Storing Prescription Drugs:

  • Always lock up medications
  • Keep medications away from children and pets
  • Medications should remain in the bottle that they came with
  • Instantly dispose of expired or unused medication
  • Keep track of how many pills are in medication bottles

Disposing of Extra or Expired Prescription Drugs


  • Remove personal identifying information
  • Keep original container or use a sealed plastic bag
  • Medications should remain in the bottle that they came with
  • Safely deposit in the kiosk. You can drop it off in Student Health Services at the safe disposal box

Safe Disposal Boxes:

  • SHS disposal box is the closest one since it is on campus
  • Click on this link and enter your Zipcode to find the closest safe disposal boxes to you