National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), this event is intended to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal for unused prescription medications, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these drugs. More information, including local drop-off locations, is on the DEA website.
Physicians can help educate patients about the danger of leftover and expired prescription drugs. Not only can these medications lead to accidental poisonings when kept in the home, their misuse is a growing concern in many communities. Additionally, improper disposal of prescription medications poses environmental and public health threats. According to data from the American Medical Association (AMA), about 46 million Americans have been exposed to prescription drugs through their drinking water.
The AMA offers physicians free educational resources to help combat prescription drug abuse and diversion. Click here to learn more.
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