- Oct 23
- Drug Addiction TreatmentPreventionRecovery
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. Other times, no immediate damage is done. But failing to treat prescription drugs as the powerful and potentially dangerous substances that they are may lead down the slippery slope of drug experimentation and misuse.
Under no circumstances is it appropriate to dispose of unwanted or unneeded prescription medications via the regular garbage service. Flushing medications down the toilet is also not an option because of the potential to poison water supplies.
If you can’t just keep unneeded, expired prescription drugs lying around but you can’t throw them out like normal waste, what can you do? Join Gateway in participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
About National Drug Take Back Day
In the past few years, the nation has been dealing with some significant drug misuse 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.
Since 2010, the DEA has collected more than 15.2 million pounds of medication through organized Take Back Days in the United States. On this day, 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.
Gateway Foundation Supports National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
For more than 50 years, Gateway Foundation 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 use disorder 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 Foundation
As one of the nation’s elite treatment organizations, we proudly offer addiction treatment services throughout Illinois. While some centers might specialize in a particular type of treatment, we 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
- Withdrawal management programs
- Certified Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- Motivational Interviewing
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Evidence-based treatment modalities like CBT, MAT, and DBT
Prescription drug misuse is a far-reaching problem that affects all of us, and we all need to be part of the solution. We hope you will support National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by properly disposing of unwanted, unneeded medications in a safe manner. Let’s all do our part. 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 representatives at 877.381.6538.