The Drug Enforcement Administration is sponsoring National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a safe, convenient and anonymous way to dispose of prescription medications. This event is from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at several statewide locations.
Opioid misuse, addiction and overdoses remain a serious public health issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States from Sept. 1, 2019 – Sept. 1, 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period. Most who misuse prescription opioids get them from family, relatives and friends.
There are a variety of federal and state programs in place to advance strategies in reducing prescription opioid misuse. In addition to prescription drug monitoring programs, state policies, community-based and/or health system interventions, WSHA encourages you and your hospital community to participate in and promote the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Please follow the link here to find a location in your community and take action to support reducing prescription and opioid misuse.