On April 26, the DEA, DOJ, and other national organizations will hold another National Prescription Drug Take Back day. This program aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Prescription medication abuse is one of the largest substance abuse problems within the United States. These unused medications (especially opiates) often stay in the back of cabinets for months or even years. Commonly, these drugs are taken and ultimately abused by youth. Some medications are so potent that even one dose can be fatal if accidentally ingested. In the past adults commonly flushed these medications down the toilet. However, due to contamination of the water supply, the best way to dispose of all drugs is to use “Drop off” containers at pharmacies or participate in the National Drug Take Back day.
This national best practice event is huge and one all Elks lodges can get behind. I strongly urge each new ER or lodge Drug Awareness Chair to contact their local Sheriff’s department and volunteer to assist at this event. DO NOT DO THIS ON YOUR OWN. The rules and regulations are extensive and must be followed closely to remain legal. You also can have the Drug Awareness Trailers in prominent display, provide materials to interested individuals, use the Elk’s prescription drug brochure and get a lot of publicity out of this event. Contact your local District Drug Awareness Chair to schedule the trailer. I have enclosed a hyperlink for additional information.
Steve Meier, PhD, CPS
ISEA VP North, ISEA Drug Awareness Chair