This Saturday, October 26, marks the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) established this event in 2010 to curb prescription addiction across the country. National Take Back Day provides locations throughout the United States to discard unused prescriptions. During the last event, 937,443 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at 6,258 locations across the United States. To date, the initiative has collected 5,908 tons of unused pills, including opioid painkillers, benzos, stimulants and more. Saturday’s event will be held from 10am to 2pm. Find a drop-off location near you now.
Stop Prescription Drug Addiction in Your Community
Prescription drug addiction has consumed the country. The National Institute on Drug abuse reports that over 18 million people misused prescriptions in 2017. These drugs have become one of the nation’s leading public health threats. Prescription drug abuse often starts in the medicine cabinet. Teens, and even young adults, often raid their relatives’ supply to use these pills recreationally. It’s also common for people who are taking these drugs for a legitimate medical condition to take them in a manner inconsistent with their doctor’s orders. Events like the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day lessen the risk for diversion and abuse.
What to Do If Your Loved One is Addicted
Unfortunately, prescription drug addiction prevention is only part of the equation. When it’s discovered that addiction exists, you or your loved one need treatment immediately. Recovery Unplugged offers safe and effective prescription drug addiction rehab using the power of music. We offer inpatient, outpatient and long-term treatment to address clients’ multiple care needs and lifestyles. Get rid of your unwanted prescriptions this Saturday. If you or your loved one needs help for prescription addiction, call Recovery Unplugged today.