Prescription vs. Over the CounterOnce again, it is time for San Diego residents to clean out their medicine cabinets on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, happening this October 27 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  The goal of this event is to provide individuals and families with a convenient and safe way to responsibly dispose of unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

It is also an opportunity for the general public to get more information about the hazards of prescription drug abuse.  According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the nonmedical misuse of prescription drugs is the second-most common form of drug abuse in each the United States, trailing only marijuana.

The tagline for the 16th Drug Take Back Day is:

“Keep them safe.  Clean them out.  Take them back.”

Results from the Last National Drug Take Back Day

The last event was held in April 2018, and the results were extraordinarily successful.

  • There were a total of 5842 collection sites.
  • 949,046 pounds of excess medications were collected.
  • The 15 previous Take Back Days have cumulatively received 9,964,714 pounds of unneeded prescription medications.

California is one of the leading states:

  • 192 law enforcement agencies participated in April.
  • There were 318 take back sites.
  • The sites collected 69,983 pounds of meds.
  • In total, 890,133 pounds of prescription drugs have been turned in in California.

Why is National Drug Take Back Day Important?

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, removing excess prescriptions from the home is a top strategy that helps prevent misuse. Most people who abuse prescription drugs don’t buy them from a dealer—they get them from a family member or friend.

Click here for a list of collection sites within 50 miles of San Diego.

As one of the top outpatient drug rehab programs in San Diego, Lasting Recovery supports any efforts aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse and overdoses. If you or someone you care about needs help, contact Lasting Recovery TODAY.

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