National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 26
Keira McGuire, witf Producer and Host | 04.22.14
Prescription drug abuse is now considered the fastest growing drug problem in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control, most people who abuse prescription drugs get them from a friend or relative.
Dr. Leanne Beidler of Strasburg Family Health says all prescription medications should be locked away in child-proof containers.
“And when you’re done taking the medicine, get rid of it. Don’t keep it for a day you might need it for something. Get rid of it.”
Beidler says you can always take unwanted prescription medication to your doctor’s office. She says if you choose to put it in your trash, make sure you take the pills out of the bottle and put them in coffee grounds or something similar. She also says it’s important to remove the label from the bottle.
“It has some of your private information on it. Plus, nobody going through your trash would think this might be an addictive type medicine or a pain medicine.”
You can also get rid of prescription drugs during National Take-Back Day on April 26th from 10-2pm. All you have to do is take your medications to a designated collection site in your area. Follow the link below to find a collection site near you.