Leave unused prescription drugs in your home and someone could steal them or used them to feed an addiction.
Throw them out and they could poison the environment, or someone could find the bottle. Flush them down the toilet and the chemicals could taint local waterways.
The Drug Enforcement Agency says the best way to dispose of unused or expired prescription medication is to drop them off at authorized sites as part of National Drug Take Back day.
“Proper disposal of medications is extremely important because we’re seeing that prescriptions are so easily available and accessible in households, that oftentimes substance use and misuse is starting in the medicine cabinet,” Lexington Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission community relations coordinator Kaytee Watson said. “Four out of five heroin users started with prescription pain medication and there’s about five million painkiller prescriptions that are filled in South Carolina each year.”
Watson said many of LRADAC’s clients in drug addiction treatment told counselors they started abusing drugs with those they found in homes. [Read more…]