Ohio Hospital Newswire


Join the National Effort – Prescription Drug Take Back Day Oct. 28




The Drug Enforcement Administration will host a national Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue and hospitals can participate by hosting a drop-off location in your community. 
In April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at about 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds of pills.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.
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