Spring is a time for new beginnings and new life. Everything outside in nature is coming to life and blossoming. This is a very popular time of year for people to get clean and start fresh. Spring is also a very popular time to clean your house from top to bottom. You should include your medicine cabinet on your cleaning list. Pay attention to your local newspaper because prescription drug drop-offs are going to be announced.
If you have children in your home and they are teenagers, you should take these prescription pill drop offs very seriously. There is a lot of evidence that shows that prescription drugs that are abused by teens are obtained from their own parents medicine cabinets. There is a good chance that over the past 3 years, a prescription painkiller has been prescribed to someone in your home. Many people do not take all of the pills in the prescription and the extra pills sit in the medicine cabinet. If they were to be taken, you would probably not even notice.
If you have any medications that you are not prescribed any longer put them aside to be disposed of properly. If your town does not have a program, call your local pharmacy, police station, or hospital to see if they will dispose of them for you.
You may think that you do not need to dispose of these medications at a designated spot because you have always just flushed them down the toilet. The Environmental Protection Agency has released many reports that show prescription drugs are now showing up in our drinking water. This happens because people flush them down the toilet and the drug seeps into the soil, along with our reservoirs. This eventually goes back into your drinking water. You may think that you are only one person and it will not make a difference but do not be part of the problem.
70% of people who abuse prescription painkillers obtained them from a friend or relative. You may trust your kids and think they will never steal medications from you, but that does not mean they are not being pressured by their friends at school. Teens are very curious and many do not see prescription painkillers as being dangerous because they are in your medicine cabinet. They think, “It can't be that bad if my parents take it.” That could not be further from the truth.
Give yourself the comfort of knowing that no one will get medications from your medicine cabinet. The prescription medication drop-offs are free of charge and will only take you a couple minutes. Now go start your Spring cleaning and drop off those old medications.