National Prescription Take Back Day is October 27
Twice annually, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to help bring awareness to the danger of unused or expired prescription medications in the home. The next one, being held on October 27, 2018, will provide an opportunity for anyone to find a collection site near them where they can safely dispose of prescription drugs.
Many of us have had at one time—or currently have—leftover prescription medications in our homes. Maybe you weren’t sure what to do with them—throwing drugs in the trash can be dangerous to animals and children who may get into it and flushing them down the toilet could have negative impacts on the environment. Maybe you thought you might save them to use later in case of another injury or illness. Or maybe you just forgot about them.
While it seems harmless to keep unused or expired medications, there are potentially dangerous consequences. Medications are the leading cause of child poisoning, with approximately 90 percent of poisonings occurring in the home. Thirty-eight percent involve a grandparent’s medication. The risk posed by unused opioids is even more complex, opening an opportunity for intentional misuse. Among people aged 12 and older who misuse opioid pain relievers, more than half (53 percent) say they obtained them from a friend or relative. About 80 percent of people who use heroin report that they first misused prescription opioids.
Cordant Health Solutions™ supports the effort to keep our homes and communities safe with our prescription drug Take-Back Program, providing take-back envelopes for patients to safely dispose of their unused medications, including controlled substances scheduled II–V, through the USPS for free. Envelopes are available at our specialty pharmacy locations and partner offices.
Cordant has collected more than 135,000 pills—148 pounds—of unused or expired drugs over the last two years, helping to prevent the potential for misuse or abuse.