Every year, there are horror stories about children dying from accidental drug overdoses. Many times, the children got hold of the drugs by going through the family’s trash. Under no circumstances is that an appropriate way to dispose of unwanted/unneeded prescription medications. Flushing medications down the toilet would also be unacceptable because of the potential to poison water supplies. If you’re looking for a good way to dispose of prescription drugs, there’s actually a day when that’s highly appropriate. It’s called National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Information About National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
In the past few years, the nation has been dealing with some significant drug abuse problems. The current prescription drug epidemic actually inspired the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to figure out ways to get drugs off the streets. One way that appears to be successful is by providing people with designated locations they can then use to safely dispose of medications. The DEA even gave this special day a title.
Working with law enforcement agencies throughout the country, the DEA has selected April 27, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM as National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On this day and at this time, people can dispose of unwanted medications at specific locations. Law enforcement agencies will then collect these drugs and dispose of them in a safe manner. For what it’s worth, people turned in over 900,000 pounds of prescription medications during last year’s event.
Gateway Supports National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
For more than 50 years, Gateway has been intimately involved in the treatment of dependent drug users. To combat prescription drug addiction, we maintain a group of the best prescription drug abuse treatment centers Illinois offers. While we are highly successful at treating patients, we would much prefer people to take advantage of these opportunities to dispose of prescription medications. After all, the best way to avoid addiction is to avoid taking drugs.
More About Gateway
As one of the nation’s elite treatment organizations, we proudly offer addiction treatment services all over the country. While some centers might specialize in a particular type of treatment, we do maintain a standard set of treatment options. For the benefit of our clients, we customize our treatment programs to address a client’s specific needs. History indicates our approach is highly successful. Here’s a partial list of our services nationwide:
- Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient options
- Inpatient care up to 180 days
- Withdrawal management programs
- Certified Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- Motivational Interviewing
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Evidence-based treatment modalities like CBT, MAT and DBT
We hope you will support National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by properly disposing of unwanted/unneeded medications. If you or a loved one are suffering from an addiction, Gateway is a great place to get treatment. For information about our services, you can call and speak to one of our representative at the following number, 877.381.6538.