Prescription Drug Abuse: A Vital Public Safety and Health Issue

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is September 29,2012

prescription drug abuseNational Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue: prescription drug abuse. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Furthermore, each day, approximately, 2,500 teens abuse prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

If you have unused or expired medicine cluttering up your medicine cabinet and drawers, the DEA’s bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day taking place on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a great opportunity to get rid of unwanted prescriptions in a responsible manner.

Conscientious Americans have responded overwhelmingly to the most recent DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. On April 28, 2012, citizens turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

It is important to realize that just because something can be prescribed, doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. In fact, it’s the perception of safety that makes prescription drug abuse so dangerous. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment encourages you to be part of the solution to prescription drug abuse in America—properly dispose of your unwanted medicines and drop them off at designated locations on September 29. Please take advantage of this opportunity to safely discard prescription drugs in order to prevent unintended prescription drug abuse. Click here to find a list of National Take Back Initiative Collection(s) Sites in Illinois.

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Every year Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment helps thousands of adults and teens get their life back on track and gives renewed hope to those who care about them. With 50 years of treatment experience, our specialists take the time to understand of the specific needs of each individual. We then develop a customized treatment plan with recommendations for the most appropriate care based on an individual's substance abuse and mental health history. As the largest provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment in Illinois, Gateway has 11 treatment centers throughout the state. Gateway outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment programs are not one-size fits all, but unique treatment plans that give an individual the highest chance for a successful outcome. With insurance acceptance and a track record of success, Gateway Treatment Centers help thousands of individual’s successfully complete treatment each year, and find the hope they need to live again.

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