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It’s been almost ten years since I’ve lost my only child to drugs. He was 30 years old. Though I’ve gone through all the stages of grief, I still ponder on how life would be if he were still living. Losing my son has changed my life, and I wish no one to suffer like I have and my family has. One day I will talk more about this tragedy on my blog, as I do realize there are people out there that need the support of a survivor. But today, I want to talk about the opioid crises, and how to safely discard of unused & expired medications, the dangers if you don’t, and where the locations are to you.
Simple Steps to Dispose of Unwanted Medications
Partnering in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day program is a no-brainer to me. Why? Because opioids destroy and kill people. Opioids are illegal drugs, and we have an opioid crisis on our hands. My son died from an opioid drug, and it destroyed our lives. He was a good man but had a severe problem, and now he is gone. He left behind four children, one of which my husband and I raise.
Did you know that 192 Americans die every day from a drug overdose.*
Brody, my son’s youngest child has been with us since he was 5-weeks old – straight from NICU. We are his legal guardians. We are his Mom and Dad. And, we will see to it that he gets the best upbringing as possible. Our lives have changed.
Best Way to Discard Unwanted Medications
Have you heard of the LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back Program? It’s a program that educates consumers about the importance of disposing of unused, unwanted and expired medications and explains the dangers if you don’t. It also provides consumers a safe place to dispose of their unwanted medications, whether it be over-the-counter (OTC) or prescribed in a LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back receptacle in locations all over the United States.
Did you know there’s a proper way to dispose of your unused or expired OTC or prescription medications? Have you ever given your pet a prescribed medication from the vet and have some left over? You can dispose of that. Or, have you ever taken prescribed meds only to find it’s not working for you? There’s a way to properly dispose of those pills.
Here’s a perfect example. After a considerable amount of thought of putting our son on ADHD medication, we finally decided to give it a try. Two months in we noticed our son was sad all the time, depressed, and would not eat at times. This, we could not handle and decided to take him off of the prescribed medication, and thus, there were some left over. This bottle, along with a few other expired OTC medicines is what I disposed of today.
Dangers of Disposing Unwanted Medications Improperly
Most consumers do not know what the proper way is to dispose of the medications they no longer use. Many people flush them down the toilet, or pour them down the drain or throw them away in the garbage because they don’t know any different. Most often than not, these drugs end up in our water system, and thus, damages our environment. I didn’t realize this, but medications can end up in the wrong hands if thrown away in the garbage. We don’t want this to happen.
46 Million Americans are exposed to trace amounts of medications in their drinking water.**
Because of these reasons, including the opioid crisis, LifeInCheck created the Consumer Drug Take-Back program.
According to Drugabuse.gov, 18 million people in the U.S. over the age of 12 have misused medications at least once in the past year, which is another reason LifeInCheck is working so hard to prevent this kind of abuse.
Here are the simple steps to dispose of unwanted medications:
Step 1: Dig through your cabinets and drawers for unused and outdated medicines.
Step 2: Find the nearest LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back receptacle closest to you. Type in your city and state or zip code.
Step 3: Drive to the location. Go inside and ask where they keep the LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back receptacle.
Step 4: Double-check to make sure the medications you are discarding are accepted. If you have any questions at all, ask the pharmacist.
Last step: Open and drop — that simple.
After following these simple steps to dispose of unwanted medications, you will have adequately discarded yours. Thank you, now go out and educate others. Please share this information if you see fit.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 2019
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 27, 2019. I urge you to use the LifeInCheck Drug Disposal Search tool to find a LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back receptacle conveniently located near to you. This is your time to help the cause and to keep exposed medications out of our waters and environment.
Thank you for helping protect your family and mine.
Johnny Dane Taylor 1980-2010
He Loved His Family
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