National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
October 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Why is medication disposal important?
National drug take backs programs are important because they address a major public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study also notes that a majority of the misused or abused medications were obtained from family and friends. The perception that prescription drugs are safer than illegal drugs is not accurate. Many prescription and over-the-counter medications can be abused and lead to injury or death if used incorrectly.
- Drug overdose is a leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people each year than car accidents
- The risk of unintentional pediatric contact to medications has been correlated with availability of substances in the home
- 9 out of 10 unintentional childhood poisonings occur at home