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Friday, July 17, 2015

Next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

In many households across the United States prescription drugs collect dust in drawers and medicine cabinets. It is quite common for people to be prescribed narcotic medications and then not take all the pills. Such drugs are often forgotten about and can end up in the wrong hands.

As the nation continues to wage war on prescription drug abuse, a problem that has been labeled an epidemic, the need to safely dispose of unwanted medication is of the utmost importance. For a number of years now, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has hosted several national prescription drug take-back days. These programs have collected millions of unwanted pills that could have ended up being abused.

The DEA recently announced the next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which will be held on September 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The collection sites will be announced on September 1, 2015. The programs have proven to be effective measures against accidental ingestion and abuse.

The problem is so big that counties across the country have passed bills that would require pharmaceutical companies to cover the cost of take-back programs. Almost a year ago, the DEA announced that people with unused narcotics could return the drugs to pharmacies for safe disposal.

Every prescription opioid that is safely disposed of is one less pill that can be potentially abused. If you have unwanted medications please do not hesitate to dispose of them safely, visit the DEA’s website to find out where to take your leftover medications. Every adult can make a difference as the nation attempts to recover from years of prescription drug abuse.

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