Got Drugs?

Do you have unused or expired prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet that you’ve been holding on to not sure what to do with?

More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.  Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Good news, here is the solution!  On April 30th from 10am to 2pm, there will be thousands of collection sites across the United States participating in the second annual take-back day making it safe for you to dispose of your unwanted or expired medications.

Lane from The Living Green Solution says:

There are concerns with controlled substances ending up where they don’t belong such as in the hands of teenagers.  Even flushing pills down the toilet isn’t the best option as most water treatment facilities don’t have filtration systems sophisticated enough to filter out medications, which is why some have found their way into our water.  The DEA and local law enforcement officials started the program last September where Americans turned in 121 tons of pills.  Because of its huge success, the DEA has scheduled a second take-back program so be sure to mark your calendar!

So collect any unwanted medication you may have in your home, mark the date on your calendar, and drop off the medications at a center near you.