National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is on April 30th from 10:00AM-2:00PM. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has partnered with federal, state and local law enforcement to collect any unwanted prescription medications for safe disposal. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, responsible and convenient way for disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of prescription medications. To find a collection site near you, go to this website.
The DEA has spearheaded this effort in order to prevent misuse of controlled substances such as prescription opioids (e.g. OxyContin) and benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanax). According to DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, “most prescription drug abusers get their pills from friends and family, including from the household medicine cabinet.”
The Dangers of Prescription Drugs
According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States has experienced a 137% increase in overall drug overdose deaths between 2010 and 2014, and a 200% increase in the amount of opioid-related fatalities. In 2014, 47,055 people died from drug overdoses and 28,647 were due to some type of opioid. Limiting the availability of opioids is one component of a national plan to prevent drug diversion and misuse.
According to the report, more people died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2014 than during any previous year on record. In 2014, there were roughly one-and-a-half times more drug overdose deaths in the country than deaths from motor vehicle crashes. The CDC is working hard to reverse the epidemic of opioid drug overdose deaths by improving safer prescribing of prescription opioids and educating the public on the dangers of prescription opioids.
Prescription Drug Detoxification
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a great way to get rid of the prescription medications that are taking over your life. But detoxing from prescription medications on your own without any medical supervision can be dangerous. Based on the type of drugs abused and the length of use, you may have negative reactions that could worsen your condition. Withdrawal symptoms from prescription drugs can give you physical and psychological side effects, including: muscle and joint pain, restlessness/insomnia, tremors/seizures, hallucinations/paranoia, cardiac arrest, and death.
It is very important that you seek medical supervision, which will make the detox process safer and more comfortable for you. At The Treatment Center, we can help you overcome your dependence on prescription drugs.
Recovery Is Possible
Fortunately, help is available for those struggling with prescription drug abuse at The Treatment Center. Our highly trained, compassionate, and experienced addiction professionals understand the complexities of prescription drug abuse. We are prepared to help you every step of the recovery journey, from detoxification to outpatient treatment and aftercare services. Reach out to us today at (877) 392-3342, or chat with admissions counselor online. We are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.