Over seven years ago I lost my son to drugs, so this topic hits my heart hard. Tomorrow, Oct 28th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 28
This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Have you ever thrown drugs down the toilet or into the garbage? I have, not thinking about the consequences to the environment. But even more disturbing is the current opioid crisis that is impacting families and communities across the United States.
Just look at these statistics:
- An estimated 2 million+ Americans have a problem with prescription-based opioids.
- More than 300,000 people have died from opioid overdoses in the last 15 years.
- Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids.
- Opioid abuse is partially responsible for the increased number of children in the foster care system.
- Many people simply can’t afford the treatment they need for their addiction, and many states don’t have any kind of assistance program to help them.
Generations United estimates that 2.5 million children now live with relatives or family friends rather than their parents. As a mom who raises her grandson, this makes my heart hurt.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
Inmar has created a consumer drug take-back solution where people can drop off surplus prescription drugs at designated locations in North Carolina for proper disposal and a national program to supply DEA-compliant containers that will allow healthcare providers and law enforcement agencies to easily and safely collect surplus and expired medications and ship them back to Inmar for certified destruction in compliance with DEA regulations.
You can also check out the DEA website, enter your zip code to find a location near you.
Let’s all get these unused medicines out of our home and keep these drugs out of the wrong hands and out of our water supply. Don’t forget, tomorrow, Oct 28th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and will be the day to dispose of all unused prescription drugs if not sooner!