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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is coming up on April 27. The LifeInCheck Drug Disposal Search tool can help find a LifeInCheck Drug Disposal location near you. It’s an easy and safer way to get rid of unwanted and expired medications. Keep reading to learn more.
My kids are still pretty young – ages 7 and (almost) 3. My son is in the first grade, and I know he’s starting to be influenced by his peers in school. He’s already asking me the big questions – you know, about Santa and the Easter Bunny. I know it’s only a matter of time before he’s asking about drugs. And if he isn’t asking me, I hope he’s not influenced by those around him who decide to experiment.
We generally don’t have a lot of prescription medications in our house, but I don’t even want my kids to get into our over the counter medications. I don’t often pay attention to expiration dates (I leave that to my husband), but I was surprised by what I did have in my medicine cabinets that were expired.
The scariest piece of our situation is my daughter is the most curious, and most likely to climb and get into cabinets. We childproof as much as possible, but that may not keep her out of the bathroom cabinet. I keep our adult-only over the counter medications in a different place because I don’t know what she is going to try next.
Did you know that flushing medications is not the best way to dispose of unused or expired medicine? Finding a take-back program in your area is really the best way to get rid of medications you aren’t going to use. Saturday, April 27th 2019 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Finding a take-back site in your area is easy with this locator from LifeInCheck. There are two in my area (in Black Mountain, NC.)
The LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back receptacle that I visited at HealthRidge Pharmacy in Black Mountain, NC was provided through a collaboration between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Mutual Drug. After a quick look through our two bathroom cabinets, we only had one bottle of pills that needed to be disposed of. It was easy to get rid of them, too. I took them into HealthRidge and quickly spotted the LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back receptacle. Then it is the simple task of opening the drawer, placing the medicine bottles inside and closing the drawer.
According to Drug Abuse.gov, 18 million people in the U.S. over the age of 12 have misused medications at least once in the past year. LifeInCheck has created this tool to help you safely dispose of unused or expired medications. Simply enter your city and state or zip code and search radius and we will provide a list of safe drug take-back locations in your area. Thank you for helping to protect your family and our communities.
The opioid epidemic is very real and it’s hitting closer to home every day. You more than likely know someone who has misused medications. For this National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27, please take a few minutes to look through your cabinets and find what needs to be discarded. Then take a moment to check out LifeInCheck’s search tool which can help you find a LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back receptacle in your area.