Why are Medication Take Back Events so important? All of this effort to collect unused and expired medications is a response to the fact that Prescription drug misuse amongst all ages is on the rise in our nation. According to the 2008-2009 NSDUH, NH's rate of non-medical use of pain relievers among 18 to 25 year olds was the second highest in the U.S. at a rate of 16.7%. Every day in the United States, more than 2,000 kids use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. Rx medicines are now the most commonly abused drugs among 12-13 year olds. In addition, unintentional drug poisoning is now the leading cause of accidental death in the US - 70 deaths a day - surpassing car accidents.
How can you help? Think about your home. What prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs do you have? Where are they kept? Would you know if some were missing?
You can take immediate steps to limit access to these drugs. Help us to spread awareness and encourage parents, grandparents, friend's coworkers and other adults to safeguard all drugs in the home, monitor prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine quantities and control access. Set clear rules for teens about all drug use, including not sharing medicine and always following the medical provider's advice and dosages. Talk about the dangers of abusing prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Remember to be a good role model by following these same rules with your own medicines and keep medications out of sight and stored in a location that others would not think to look.
For more information on prescription drug disposal guidelines, as well as the risks, signs, and symptoms of teen prescription drug abuse, visit www.TheAntiDrug.com or call 1-800-788-2800. For more information on the Raymond Coalition for Youth or resources for parents and youth please visit www.rcfy.org or check us out on Facebook.