The DEA National Take-Back Day is a day delegated each year when individuals can take prescription drugs which they have in their homes that are no longer being used for whatever reason. It could be that they were prescribed an opioid painkiller which they could not tolerate or it could have been on a benzodiazepine such as Valium or Xanax which they only took a few of or could not tolerate the effects of it. For whatever reason the medication was not taken, it is not safe to have these drugs lying around the house not being used as prescribed.
Abused Prescription Medications
Most of the prescription medications which are abused by individuals and responsible for drug addictions or even overdoses are taken unknowingly from medicine cabinets or other hiding places in homes. Individuals who are abusing drugs will look in medicine cabinets and elsewhere in family’s or friends’ homes to see if there is anything they can steal or talk someone into giving them. Many times repair personnel will go into people’s bathrooms and search for prescription drugs that they can steal.
You see now why it is so dangerous and can even be deadly for someone if you leave prescription medication lying around that could be taken and used for the wrong purposes (only to get “high” by someone who it is not intended for.) Prescription medication should never be taken by anyone other than the person for whom it is prescribed.
Teens and “Skittle” Parties
Most individuals have heard of “Skittle Parties” but some do not really know what is involved with these parties. When teens are having Skittle parties, each of them goes through their parent’s (or others’) medicine cabinets and take whatever pills they can find. They may even go to grandparents’ homes and go through their cabinets expecting them to have different prescriptions because of their ages. They then all take the pills they have found to the party where everyone combines their finds in a bowl. (It is called Skittle Parties because of the different colors and varieties of pills.)
The kids then take turns choosing something from the bowl not knowing in the least what they are getting ready to take and what different types of pills they may be taking together. They don’t know how the drugs will affect them and they have no idea if they may be allergic to some of the ingredients in these different medications. This is highly dangerous and can easily end in fatalities. The biggest problem is that the teens think that the drugs must be safe because they are prescribed by a legal physician. They have no thought about how dangerous to mix various drugs and how dangerous it can be to do so.
Importance of National Take-Back Day
Prescription drugs getting into the wrong hands of abusers and addicts is the most important reason for the National Take-Back Day! Individuals who have prescriptions that they are not going to use for whatever reason do not realize the importance of getting rid of them, or they don’t know how to safely get rid of the unused prescriptions.
National Take-Back Day is a time that is used to not only get rid of unwanted prescription pills but also to educate the public about the potential for abuse that these drugs have which generally leads to addiction. These drugs are not safe simply because they are written by physicians for a medical purpose. In the wrong hands, they can be deadly.
Spread the Word About National Take-Back Day
Please spread the word about National Take-Back Day and gather your old or unused prescription drugs to take to a location near you. You can find a location near you simply by going online and entering your zip code or address. You will be informed of a collection site which is near you that is participating in National Take-Back Day. Mark this date on your calendars (October 27th) and safely get rid of any potentially dangerous drugs from your home. Let’s all work together to keep these drugs out of the wrong hands or the hands of teens who are curious about the effects of prescription drugs.