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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

DEA National Take Back Day

Prescription medications have become a major problem on a global scale, more people are abusing prescription drugs than any other drugs. There isn't a household in America that does not have a medicine cabinet full of prescription drugs. With pain medication, people take it until their pain subsides and they put the medication in the cabinet and forget about it. It is at that point teenagers have the ability to get their hands on the drugs and abuse them. Accidental overdoses and poisonings happen all the time when kids scavenge through their parent's medicine cabinets which is why the DEA is asking people to turn in their unused pharmaceuticals.

"The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and state and local law enforcement officials are organizing collection sites nationwide to take-back “unused, unwanted or expired” over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs". Unused drugs are a major problem and they aid in the pharmaceutical epidemic that is crippling America. Many teenagers discover that they're addicts inside their parents' bathroom; Oxycontin, Vicodin, valium, and Xanax can be teenagers' first exposure to narcotics. Teenagers become addicted to drugs every day right under their parent's noses, by the time the problem is discovered it's often too late and recovery is very difficult.

"Leftover prescription and OTC drugs present a public health hazard given the potential for accidental poisoning, abuse, and overdose. They can also pose environmental hazards from unsafe disposal. The DEA has an easy-to-use online tool to locate a collection site near you. The collection is anonymous. See the DEA website for details on what is (and isn’t) accepted".

The National Take-Back Day is Saturday, Sept. 25, between 10 am - 2 pm.

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