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National Prescription Take Back Day
As a mom I know how important it is to keep old prescription drugs away from kids and teens. Unfortunately, we have a amassed a collection of them in our medicine cabinet from various surgeries and ailments over the years. I know it’s important to dispose of these medications in a safe way so that my kids or visitors to our home don’t have access to them and to also make sure they are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
Saturday April 27th 2019 is National Prescription Take Back Day.
Many people don’t know how to properly dispose of their unwanted medication. This leads to medication being flushed down the toilet, thrown in the trash or poured down the drain.
The result is environmental damage, drug diversion or the drug being abused by others.
In an effort to assist in reducing these issues and bringing awareness to the massive opioid crisis that is plaguing many families, LifeInCheck created a Consumer Drug Take-Back program that provides consumers with a safe option to discard their unused or outdated prescription medications in secure receptacles located across the US.
How to find medication disposal receptacle
According to Drug Abuse.gov, 18 million people in the U.S. over the age of 12 have misused medications at least once in the past year.
LifeInCheck has created a tool to help you safely dispose of unused or expired medications. Simply enter your city and state or zip code and search radius and a list of safe drug take-back locations in your area will be provided.
I used the search tool to find a disposal center near me at the Tulalip Pharmacy.
How to Use the Drug Disposal Receptacle:
- Pull to open drawer
- Place medications inside
- Close the drawer
Discreet, safe, and responsible drug disposal is critical in the fight against the opioid crisis.
192 Americans die every day from a drug overdose*
83% of people who misuse prescription pain relievers including opioids get them from a friend or relative**
Have you been personally affected by the opioid crisis? Please share you thoughts about this program in the comments.