How to Dispose of Hydrocodone (after they switch your mother to liquid morphine)

By: Dudley Stone

What you don’t do is flush the white caplets
down the toilet. You don’t want the local
fish three-eyed and jonesing through the sewers.

Don’t drop the bottle in the trashcan, pills
inside and label intact, which is a
siren song for garbage-sniffing junkies.

And don’t, of course, bogart them for later
resale or your own therapeutic needs.
Proper procedure is to put them in a plastic bag,

add a squeeze of Liquid Joy or gentle
Dove, some warm water, and seal it shut. Then
agitate agitate until you make

an inedible undigestible
soapy hydrocodone soup,
that even a posse of drug-fiend

raccoons wouldn’t touch.

But who’s kidding who?
The Hospice nurse isn’t watching
and pain trumps the honor system every time.


Dudley Stone’s poetry has recently appeared online in NiftyLit, Spare Parts, and Wilderness House Poetry Review. His writing for the theatre has been seen on stages from California to Connecticut. He has a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Kentucky and studied playwriting at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Mr. Stone lives in Lexington, KY.

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