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We all seem to be familiar with the prescription drug problem in this country. If you have not had issues with drugs, we know someone who has. This is why it is important to know about the National Prescription Drug Take-Back day! As a nurse, proper drug disposal is very important to me.
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When I worked in the ER, I saw the effects and consequences of drug addition, first hand. It affects the patient, the family, and the community. The patients I’ve seen seem to be held captive by their addictions. It controls them. The families are worried and fear the worst. Every near overdose devastates them. The community is burdened with the care and cost of this terrible vicious cycle. So here we are. What can we do about it?
A few statistics first, 192 Americans die every day from a drug overdose (*CDC.gov source) 83% of people who misuse prescription pain relievers including opioids get them from a friend or relative (*SAMSHSA.gov)
What is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
This year, Saturday, April 27th 2019 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. I want to educate everyone I can about proper prescription drug disposal. There is a serious opioids crisis and there are so many options for discarding unused and outdated medications.
The purpose of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is to educate everyone about the dangers of disposing of drugs improperly. There are lots of options discarding medication that are expired or just unused!
One of the best ways to discard unused or expired medications if to find a LifeinCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back receptacle near you. There are everywhere. Click HERE to find one near you.
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 this tool to help you safely dispose of unused or expired medications. Simply enter your city and state or zip code and search radius and we will provide a list of safe drug take-back locations in your area. Thank you for helping to protect your family and our communities.
How do I dispose of Medication & Dugs?
Disposal of unused medications today takes many forms, from flushing down the toilet or pouring in the drain, to throwing in the garbage, or worse. More often than not, the end result is damage to our environment, 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.
Responsible drug disposal is not difficult. The process is so simple. Drive to one if these LIFE IN CHECK receptacles. They will be located in a local pharmacy. How to Use the Drug Disposal Receptacle: Pull to open drawer. Place medications inside. Close the drawer.
I did it!
I wouldn’t be a legit nurse writing about National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day if I didn’t try it myself! The LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back receptacle that I visited at Town & Country Pharmacy in Taylorsville, NC. The receptacle was provided through a collaboration between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Mutual Drug.
I encourage you readers, to search for themost convenient LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back receptacle location near you. Even if you don’t have a bottle in your medicine cabinet right now, you may have one soon or you can share the info with a friend or family. Simply click HERE enter your city and state or zip code and search radius and we will provide a list of safe drug take-back locations in your area.
It’s Your Turn!
Have you or someone you know been affected by the opioids crisis? Feel free to use the safe space in the comment to share your story. No condemnation, only support. Thank you for reading this article and helping to protect your family and our communities.
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