National Rx Day is tomorrow, October 27, 2018.
This day is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in partnership with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
The focus is to get all of us, and specifically senior citizens, to throw out any medications that they no longer need or have expired. To this end, the DEA and partners will host events where we can go and safely dispose of these medications.
The date and time is tomorrow, Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Eastern Time.
National Rx Day: Dispose Meds Safely
The opioid crisis is causing great harm worldwide. In the United States, the misuse and abuse of meds has become a national health crisis.
Indeed, unused or expired prescription medications at home is now a public safety issue. These meds can lead to accidental poisoning and overdosing. Throwing them into the trash can does not solve the problem, as they still can be retrieved, abused or illegally sold.
In fact, according to a 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.
The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, and often from the home medicine cabinet.
Millions of Americans, especially senior citizens, are harmed by the misuse of over-the-counter medications, illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
Seniors can suffer from more than one chronic illness, and so popping meds and painkillers can be expected.
Tomorrow, Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Time, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in partnership with federal, state, local, agencies, businesses, medical offices, agencies, and first responders, will host events to collect and safely dispose of unwanted medications.
The DEA has posted a location finder. All you need to do, is enter your zip code to find the nearest location. Take your expired or unused meds to that location for safe disposal.
Here is the link:
Removing unwanted or expired medications from the medicine cabinet is an easy and concrete step that everyone can take. It makes a big difference in getting control over the opioid crisis.
Make plans now to dispose of your unwanted medications during DEA National Rx Take Back Day, tomorrow..