After months of hearing about fatal overdoses soaring to record heights, it can be very discouraging.
Well, this Saturday, October 23rd is “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.” We’ll feel better by taking this significant and symbolic action.
Why Do We Do “Take Back Day?”
Do you think that just because you don’t have drugs of abuse in your cabinet that you can’t participate? Wrong! If you have expired medicine (or medicine you no longer need) then participate in this special day! It spreads awareness about a crucial public safety and public health issue. Yes, it makes a difference if you participate.
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:
- 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers
- 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants
- 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019.
The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, and often from the home medicine cabinet.
To find a prescription drug dropoff location, or for more information, click here.
It’s National Addiction Treatment Week
It’s also National Addiction Treatment Week. This week commemorates the importance of the millions of workers who get up every day and dedicate their lives to helping others recover from a substance use disorder.
Food For Thought: Now is a GREAT time to seek help for an SUD. Treatment is more effective than ever, and success rates are at an all-time high.
You will one day look back and thank yourself for taking a positive step for yourself or a loved one right now.