The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
National Prescription Drug TAKE BACK DAY
■ Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
■ Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
■ The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
■ The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends – and the home medicine cabinet.
■ Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
■ Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs.
■ For more information on prescription drug abuse, download this brochure by clicking here: