National Drug Take Back Day to Help Prevent Overdose Injuries

Most households have expired or unused drugs in their medicine cabinets. These drugs can be a serious danger, especially to young kids, teens and unsuspecting members of your family. One large concern dealing with these medications is the risk for overdose.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), these drugs need to be properly disposed of when no longer of use to the patient. Our Boca Raton personal injury attorneys urge you to participate in this year’s National Drug Take Back Day, which is this Saturday, the 29th of September, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During this time, officials throughout the area will be collecting medicines at various drop-off locations for proper disposal.

Why should I get rid of my old medicines?

-After their expiration date, medicines are no longer effective and can produce health risks under certain circumstances.

-Dosing recommendations, particularly for children, may change. Take children’s cold and cough medicines. The dosage on many of these recently changed, making it dangerous for kids to take the old dosages of new products.

-When medicines are leftover, they’re ultimately available to those who don’t need them. Taking a medication that’s not prescribed to you can create health risks.

-When you’ve got an abundance of medications in your home, they can be removed without you ever knowing and can be distributed throughout the community. This has become particularly true for narcotic pain relievers. Some of these medications can even create a burglary risk.

It’s also important that you keep an inventory of your medications. You should always know what kind you have and how much. Make sure you check this periodically. This even applies to over-the-counter medicines. Whenever you’re done using them or they’ve expired, make sure that you dispose of them safely.

The Office of Diversion Control offers you a list of all of the National Take Back Initiative Collection Sites in the state of Florida.

This event has been sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, various communities throughout the area as well as volunteers. Leaders will be available to collect and safely dispose of your family’s unwanted medications and drugs.

Unfortunately, the number of drug overdose deaths in the country has more than tripled since 1990. These numbers have never been higher. There were more than 35,000 people who died as the result of an overdose in 2008. A majority of these fatalities were caused by the consumption of prescription drugs.

Additional ways to Prevent Drug Overdoses:

-Use medications as you’ve been instructed by a physician.

-Keep medications in their original container.

-Never share your medications.

-Always throw out old or unused meds.

-Talk with your doctor about how your medications might react to one another. You can also check this information on either Drugstore.com or DrugDigest.org.