Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which promotes the return of unused medications for safe disposal and helps reduce the potential for family and friends to have access to and misuse medications prescribed to others.
People can go to a drop-off spot near them and safely get rid of their unwanted and unused drugs. If you looking for a nearby place to dispose of your unwanted meds, the DEA has a list of drop-off spots in the area on its site. The event aims to curb the abuse of prescription medications, which is a widespread crisis in the country.
According to the Trust for America’s Health, deaths from prescription drugs now outnumber heroin, cocaine and even motor-vehicle fatalities. Part of the reason for this is the prevalence of prescription meds, particularly painkillers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nationally, sales of prescription painkillers per capita have quadrupled since 1999 - and so have overdose deaths from prescription painkillers. Enough painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult continually for a month.
State-by-state prescription drug abuse prevention policies and drug overdose death rates are available on TFAH’s website: www.healthyamericans.org.