In the busyness of life, it is easy to overlook the expired, partially filled prescription bottles that may be overrunning our cabinets. However, this can pose both environmental and health risks, including the opportunity of misuse, abuse, or even accidental exposure. They may also be a source of theft by individuals looking for easy access to prescription medicines, especially pain pills.
Properly disposing of our medications is one simple thing we can do to decrease these risks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 there were enough pharmaceuticals prescribed to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a full month straight. In efforts to support our communities and to ensure the overall safety of its residents, the National Take Back Initiative was established to give those with outdated and unwanted medications a safe way to dispose of them.
Unwanted, unused, and expired medications can be taken to a local police department for collection and disposal using methods that are both legal and environmentally friendly. Keeping them around poses a risk to older adults who may take them by accident.