The Issues of Prescription Drug Abuse
1 in 5 teens has abused Rx drugs.
1 in 3 teens reports there is “nothing wrong” when using Rx drugs “every once and a while.”
1 in 3 teens report knowing someone who abuses Rx drugs.
Every day, almost 2,500 teens abuse a prescription drug for the first time.
Prescription drugs are abused more than cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and methamphetamine combined.
RADARS® System Poison Center Program Reviews 1.5 Million Cases To Date
As of second quarter 2009, the RADARS System Poison Center Program has reviewed nearly 1.5 million cases of abuse and misuse of prescription drugs submitted from participating poison centers and the number submitted each quarter has increased to over 120,000
Consumer Health Information
There is currently no effective widely used way to dispose of unused, expired, or confiscated medicines, i.e., pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), whether by individuals disposing of personal medicines or medical facilities disposing of larger amounts of unused medicines. Medicines are oftentimes simply thrown into the trash. Children or animals may find and ingest medicines that are simply tossed into the trash and once they reach the landfill they can seep into the ground water.
Current Methods of Disposal
Current Federal Guidelines: Chop up drugs and put in cat litter and throw away. This ends up in our water supply.
There are companies that will pick up drugs and incinerate. This is expensive and not convenient.
National drug take back day. This solution only happens once a year and isn’t very convenient.
Some Pharmacies will take back some drugs.
There is a mail in program for disposal.