Thursday, September 25, 2014 4:02 pm
Abuse of prescription medication continues to be on the rise in the United States. A leading factor is the misconception that prescription drugs are “safer” than illicit street drugs. All prescription drugs have the potential to cause side effects which may be harmful. This is especially true when prescription drugs are improperly used or abused.
Prevent prescription drug diversion into the hands of our children. The home is the primary initial source of prescription drug access for many pre-teen and older children. Ease of access to unsecured or unused prescription drugs is a major contributing factor. Securing prescription drugs in a medication lock box, available in pharmacies, is an effective deterrent. Keep prescription medications out of plain view to discourage potential diversion by all who enter your home, whether child or adult.
When prescription medications are no longer needed, please dispose of them properly.
An important step in limiting prescription drug diversion is participation in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014.
Many local Police Departments are sponsoring this event from 10AM to 2PM to provide a safe and responsible way to dispose of unused prescription medications. Or visit the DEA Office of Diversion Control for the location of your nearest collection site.
Check if your local Police Department has a MedReturn kiosk, if so, you may have access to safe drug disposal 24/7.
By acting responsibly we can create a positive impact and reverse this trend of prescription drug abuse. Let’s begin at home!