Although Americans are becoming more aware of the prescription drug abuse epidemic, drug overdoses are killing more people than ever before. A recent public health study found that more than half of individuals who are prescribed an opioid pain medication never finish the prescription. Another U.S. government report shows that more than 70 percent of people who misuse prescription drugs get them from their friends, relatives or simply take them without asking. Attacking the problem of prescription drug abuse takes a multi-faceted effort. Here is what you can do to help.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that the 17th National Prescription Take-Back Day will be Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means to prescription drug disposal, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. Since the DEA began hosting the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in 2010, 6.3 million pounds of medications have been collected for safe disposal.
It is important to get rid of old and unused medicines as soon as you don’t need them. Some medications can become dangerous or ineffective over time. Other medicines can be abused by someone searching through your medicine cabinet. Prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or sold illegally. Young children can also be poisoned by unused medication.
On the National Prescription Take-Back Day, communities will be sponsoring take-back sites.Call 1-800-222-1222 and poison center nurses and pharmacists will be able to answer your questions and help you quickly locate the nearest site. Please keep in mind that many pharmacies will take back unused medication every day of the year. If you aren’t able to return medications on the National Prescription Take-Back Day, you can call the Poison Center for pharmacy take-back sites year round.
Call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 and talk immediately to a Registered Nurse or Pharmacist 24/7/365
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