Follow specific disposal instructions on the drug label. Take advantage of community drug take-back programs that allow the public to bring unused drugs to a central location for proper disposal.
The American prescription abuse epidemic affects all age groups but has perhaps hit teens the worst. More than 2,000 teens try abusing prescription drugs for the first time every day, and a large percentage of them quickly develop an addiction. Unfortunately, these drugs are just as dangerous as many illegal street drugs when not taken as directed. Unlike street drugs, however, prescription drugs are available legally through a doctor and may be present in any home. In fact, the majority of teens get their prescription drug fix from family and friends.
The DEA’s National Take-Back Initiative, National Take-Back Day, set for April 27, is the perfect time to dispose of your unused or unwanted prescription medications. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, people have properly disposed of more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications in the last five Take-Back Day events. So why bother taking part? With the alarming rise of prescription abuse and overdose rates among teens and their adult family members, now is a more important time than ever to do what little we can to help prevent more unnecessary deaths and hospital visits.
Teenagers are not oblivious to their parents’ upsurge in the use of prescription medications. In fact, many teens are robbing the family medicine bottles to feed their own addiction to prescription drugs.
The Drug Enforcement Administration will host the fourth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28th. In the past, the program has disposed of almost 500 tons of prescription medications at over 5,300 sites which are operated by more than 4,000 local and state law enforcement agencies.
Maybe you missed the previous events, scheduled days when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) took back all kinds of unused and unwanted prescription drugs at various locations across the country.
The medicine cabinet at home is quickly becoming the gateway to prescription drug abuse. According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, nearly 70 percent of prescription drug abusers were able to get their hands on the meds of choice from friends or relatives. Often times, the medications they are abusing are expired. There has been a noted 400 percent influx of admissions for substance abuse treatment for those abusing prescription drugs.
It’s that time again, time for the second National Take-Back Initiative this year, operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies. On October 29 at locations all across the country, the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a convenient venue for everyone to safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
Unloading pill boxes, old bottles and medicine cabinets in North Carolina recently made thousands of children safer, and the streets a less likely place for illegal drug traffic.
Did you know that it’s National Spring Cleaning Week? For the last eight years, SpringCleaningWeek.com has designated the last week of March as the perfect time to clear out old clutter to create a healthier, more comfortable home. But don’t stop at sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming away the winter’s accumulated dust and dirt-take this opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets and any other areas you use for storing prescription medications.
With the overwhelming success of the first-ever DEA Take-Back Prescription Drug Day program in 2010 – in which more than 242,000 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in for safe disposal at more than 4,000 sites in all 50 states – the program returns this year on April 30.