National Prescription Drug Take Back Day!
This Saturday 4/29 from 10AM-2PM is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day!
America is experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose, and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers, with 6.4 million Americans age 12 and over—2.4 percent of the population—abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health released last fall: more than abuse cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine combined. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The majority of prescription drug abusers report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Addictive prescription drugs that are thrown away or left untended on shelves and in drawers at home are often stolen and either abused or sold by family members and visitors. That’s why the DEA and thousands of its state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners are holding another Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 29, from 10 am to 2 pm local time, at over 5,000 sites around the country.
The service is free of charge, no questions asked. Only solids like pills or patches are accepted – no liquids or needles.
For more information see the link and the attached flyer https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/
Please share this information with your friends, family, and of course your patients.