This post is sponsored by Drug Enforcement Administration but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
The prescription drug epidemic in America has been horrible to watch. When drugs start to kill a community and the children in it… Police, parents and neighbors need to come together. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 2019 is that day.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 2019
The purpose of this day is to inform the public about the importance of collecting and disposing of unused or expired opioid prescriptions before they end up lost, stolen or simply misused. Events are held at specific collection sites across the country where individuals can drop off their prescriptions anonymously.
The opioid epidemic has affected many lives over the last decade. I myself lost a very good friend to an accidental overdose 5 years ago. He was mixing opioids and alcohol. It was a hard thing to wrap my brain around and an even harder thing to talk to my family about. But I felt like my daughter really needed to hear it. I wanted her to understand how serious this was and understand how these drugs were ruining people’s lives.
Here are some important things to know about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative helps provide the public with a free and anonymous way to dispose of unused, expired and/or unwanted prescription drugs.
You never know if unused or expired drugs will fall into the wrong hands. Especially the hands of children.
Prescription drug misuse and overdose death does not discriminate. Much like my friend whose overdose was accidental, these issues can impact anyone of any age, race, gender or demographic.
Any unwanted medication can be dropped off (not just prescription drugs) as long as it is in tablet, capsule, patch, and other solid form.
Liquids, including intravenous solutions, syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs cannot be dropped off.
Learn more about the event in your area and find a collection site at DEATakeBack.com or call 800-882-9539.
Encourage your friends and neighbors to participate as well.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative is something that we all need to support. Again, you and your neighbors can find a collection site at DEATakeBack.com or call 800-882-9539.