As you may know, our hospitals have taken an active role in fighting the opioid epidemic, mainly by limiting the amount of opioids we prescribe and treating patients in recovery. I’m proud to say that some of our hospitals participated in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day last Saturday. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration created the event to help people safely dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medications.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is such an important effort because it can help prevent medication abuse and theft. Unused or expired medications are a public safety issue that can lead to poisoning, overdose and abuse. Non-medical use of prescription drugs is the second most common form of drug abuse in our country.
Other methods of disposing of medications may not be safe. Unused drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved, abused and illegally sold, and flushing pills down the toilet contaminates our water supply.
For more information on safely disposing of medications, visit www.DEATakeBack.com. I commend and thank our hospitals for getting involved in this important program. It’s yet another way we’re taking care of our communities.
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