STATES CHRONICLE – Every year, official authorities guide the population on how to dispose of prescription drugs through the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day that promotes a safe removal of all medicine from your home that is unused or expired.
The point is to be rid of all the prescribed medication found within your cabinets that you no longer need, in order to prevent abuse or theft that would amount to the already high numbers of drug abuse in the United States.
The growing problem is now a nationwide epidemic that causes one death every 24 minutes due to pharmaceutical drug abuse, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The numbers are continuingly worse, with a reported 2,500 teenagers using prescription drugs to get high for the first time, as stated by the Partnership for a Drug Free America, and most of them are obtained from family or friends. Over 50% of the people who use them for non-medical purposes have received them from friends and family at no cost, while 15% either bought them or took them from a friend or relative.
Prescription drug abuse have seen a worrying rise within the last decade, with pain relievers leading the charge that has endangered the lives of many, due to misconception upon their safety and much easier availability. In spite of it though, an estimated 75% of adults misuse their prescription drugs, by either taking too much, too little, or stopping treatment before the bottle is empty.
In order to further fight against the problem affecting the entire country, the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held on September 26th, where the population can head over to local authorities or approved centers to dispose of unused medication, offering an alternative to the unsafe common practice of flushing them down the toilet.
The unfortunate habit is still highly unhealthy and hazardous, so authorities are making it possible for a better method to become available, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The nationwide event is hoped to draw even more people in this year’s edition, as it addresses a crucial public health issue by offering an opportunity to prevent “pill abuse and theft by ridding their home of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs”, according to Starlin Phelps of the Union County Commission of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Last year’s edition, in 2014, the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day had 5,500 active sites where the population had turned up with 309 tons of prescription drugs. When combined with all the previous eight editions, they gathered around 2,400 tons of pills overall, to a total of 4.82 million pounds of prescription drugs taken back under the watchful eyes of the DEA.
Anyone interested can head online and use the “Locate a Collection Site” on their official website in order to find the nearest point where all those unused medicines can go and no longer unsafely stay the cabinets of your home.
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