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Friday, September 28, 2012

Fifth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - September 29, 2012

National Recovery Month

This month we have featured posts about National Recovery Month. It is important to remember what National Recovery Month is all about. Here is a very brief overview of this 23 year old tradition:
"Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover."
English: The Seal of the Drug Enforcement Admi...
English: The Seal of the Drug Enforcement Administration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A perfect way to celebrate National Recovery Month

Tomorrow, September 29, 2012, is the Fifth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. SAMHSA's National Recovery Month website page provides the following facts:

"As part of an effort to reduce prescription drug abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration will host its fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, September 29, at more than 5,000 collection sites across the United States. This is a great opportunity for those who have accumulated unwanted, unused, or unneeded prescription drugs to dispose of those medications in a safe and environmentally responsible way. On the most recent Take-Back Day, citizens turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 Take-Back sites available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the four previous Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed more than 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of medication from circulation.

To find a collection site near you, visit the DEA's
site locator online. Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration provides guidelines, available here, on how consumers can properly dispose of unused medicines on their own."

Are you sure you don't have some unused prescription drugs in your home?

This is not the first time that we've encouraged people to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, but today we thought we might want to prompt you to really take a good look around your home and see if you don't have some drugs to take-back.

First of all, if you have never participated in a take back day, then chances are pretty good you still have some unused or expired prescription bottles lurking in your medicine cabinet or even in your kitchen cabinet.

Secondly, did you or a family member or roommate have reason to fill a prescription drug in the past year? What about the trip to the dentist, did you need a prescription for after pain? Did you need surgery in the past year for an injury or illness? Did you receive a prescription for any physical illness or injury, even a non-narcotic prescription? Check your prescriptions for expiration dates or to see if they might conflict with some new medication that you were recently prescribed.

Finally, it is important to remember that house guests, small children, or even contractors might have access to your prescription drugs. Keep them safe while you need them, but take this opportunity to dispose of them safely.

Celebrate your own recovery!

If you are in recovery, make every day a day to celebrate your own recovery! Be pro-active and take the time to find a location near you to dispose of any prescription drugs safely.
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