National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday, April 28

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“America is going through a huge drug epidemic,” says Karen Palatella, VP CQCO at Mountainside Medical Center.  “Many drug addictions and overdoses begin with prescription pills,” she continues. 
 
Leaving leftover pills in your medicine cabinet is not safe. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. You must learn how to dispose of them carefully. The best way is to take them to Drug Take Back Day! There, they will properly be disposed.
 
The worst thing you can do is flush your leftover pills. They will enter the water streams and can contaminate the local water ways. Do not throw them in the trash as is. When throwing them out, the EPA suggests, you remove them from the original container. Mix them with an undesirable substance (cat litter or used coffee grounds) and seal it in a new container or bag. Then you can throw it in the trash. Proper disposal can prevent the drugs from getting into the wrong hands.
 
If you have leftover pills laying around, visit TakeBackDay.dea.gov to find a Prescription Drug Take Back Site near you.
 

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