Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

By Jef Mullins 10/11/16

This October 22nd is the next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which takes place twice a year across the US.

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Poster for Prescription Take-Back Day
Got Drugs? Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

In my recent article The Opioid Epidemic, How Parents Can Help: We Keep Our Guns in a Gun Safe and Our Opioids in a Kitchen Drawer I discussed how, for adolescents, a significant point of access to narcotic pain medication is leftover pills from a prior prescription. I suggested how we can protect our children by safely disposing of old prescription medications, and talking to them about why we do.

This October 22nd is the next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which takes place twice a year across the US. According to the DEA website, this initiative "aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications." This is a fantastic initiative and I encourage you all to get involved.

To find details of collection sites in your area, follow this link: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

I am very pleased that the events will take place between 10am and 2pm and, very importantly, on a Saturday when your children are available. Why not take your children with you to this event so that they can become a part of the process? The whole conversation, in this way, can be brought into the home. The dialogue is critical because, when your children don't feel comfortable talking to you, they'll look for answers and information about drugs elsewhere, even if their sources are unreliable. As we discussed in my article 80% of Your Children’s Friends Do NOT Smoke Marijuana, young people’s perception around other children’s drug use is dangerously wrong.

Saturday October 22nd might not be the most exciting Saturday day trip that a family can make, but it might be one of the most important ones.

If you or a loved one is in need of assistance please contact, Waters Edge Recovery for help or more information. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day, 855-522-2064 or visit http://www.watersedgerecovery.com

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Jef Mulins owns the healthcare treatment management company, Bad Granite Management and is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Choicepoint, New Jersey and Co-founder and Chief Development Officer for Fort Wayne Recovery, Indiana. He was formerly the CEO of Waters Edge Recovery in Stuart Florida. You can find Jef on Linkedin.

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