Friday, September 26, 2014

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

Turn in your unused or expired medication tomorrow, Sept. 27, during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Texas Poison Control Network, and local law enforcement are collecting expired and unwanted medicine from 10 am to 2 pm at nearly 400 locations throughout Texas. The drop off is free and anonymous. Find one near you.

Unused prescription medications are a common source of poisonings in the home, not only for young children who may mistake a pill for candy, but also for adolescents, young adults, and even friends and neighbors who are looking for substances to make them feel good.

Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in the United States, killing 38,329 Americans in 2010. That’s more than double the amount of fatal overdoses in 1999. More than 12 million people older than 12 report using prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes, and 69 percent admit to getting the medications through friends and family. Simply tossing these medications in the trash or flushing them down the toilet can pollute our environment and pose a public health risk. The safest way is to deliver them to a drop-off site Saturday.

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