The DEA Wants Your Drugs: Rx Take Back

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently released the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy. The report addresses prescription drug abuse. We hear about prescription drug overdoses in the news on a daily basis. In 2010, the Florida Medical Examiners Commission Drug Report[1] cited that prescription drugs caused an average of seven deaths per day in Florida. That means seven families are affected due to prescription drug overdoses. Those seven people were someone’s, mother, father, sister, or brother. They all had lives were important and will be missed. Just a few notable deaths where prescription drugs have been documented to play a part in their deaths include Whitney Houston, Heath Ledger, and Michael Jackson. These overdose deaths happen far too often in our country and families are broken down and torn apart because of their misuse and abuse.

Proper medication disposal is an important part of the reduction of the availability of prescription drugs. In most cases people report they obtained the prescription drug from a friend or relative. [2] The ONDCP plan has a four pronged approach that emphasizes education, tracking and monitoring, proper medication disposal and enforcement. On April 28th, 2012 the DEA and local law enforcement are holding a National Drug Take Back Day. Check here for a drop off location near you to properly dispose of these drugs.

[1] Florida Department of Law Enforcement.(2011).Drugs identified in deceased persons by Florida medical examiners, 2010 report.
[2] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.(2011).Results from the 2010 national survey on drug use and health: National findings.Office of Applied Studies, NSDUH Series H-41, HHS Publication No.(SMA) 11-4658.Rockville, MD.Retrieved from http://oas.samhsa.gov/NSDUH/2k10NSDUH/2k10Results.htm