National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day October 26, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10am-2pm is another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. For information on where to take unused and unwanted medications you may call 1-800-882-9539 or go to:
http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

Before the previous take-back day in April 2013, I entered the following post:

I regularly meet with and represent nurses before the Ohio Board of Nursing who are addicted to prescription medications. Some nurses take medications from work, however, many nurses tell me that they take medications from home that have been prescribed to other family members or that they buy them off the street.

There is also a disturbing trend in this country of teenagers and young adults who go to parties and pass around bowls of prescription medications they have obtained from home, which they take in an effort to “get high”.    All too often, prescription drugs are easy to obtain and are easily misused and abused, sometimes leading to devastating consequences.

As nurses, I urge you to support and spread the word of the United States Department of Justice, DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2013.

According to the DEA:

In the five previous Take-Back events, the DEA, in  conjunction with our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, has collected and removed from circulation more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these  medications.”

As always, if you have any questions about this post or about the Ohio Board of Nursing, please feel free to contact any of the attorneys at Collis, Smiles and Collis, LLC at 614-486-3909.

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