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We’ve all been hearing about the massive opioid crisis that is sadly plaguing many families in the U.S today. The consequences of the misuse of opioid and related overdoses are truly devastating. Everyday, *197 Americans die from overdosing on drugs and **more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for not using prescription opioids as directed.
If you take pain medications for a long time, your body becomes used to these drugs and dependence can develop. If you become dependent, you may experience unpleasant physical signs and symptoms when you stop taking these medications. This process is called withdrawal, and it may last for several days to weeks.
To help bring awareness about the opioid crisis and the proper disposal of unused or expired drugs leading up to National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 27, 2018, I’m happy to have partnered with LifeInCheck by Inmar and share with you about the LifeInCheck Drug Disposal Program. Helping to raise awareness about the opioid crisis is something that I actively support because it’s something that’s close to my heart. I know of a very close friend who had been addicted to drugs and was so deep in it she nearly lost her life one day. Fortunately, she survived through the love and support of her family and was able to go through a successful drug rehabilitation program. She is now trying to pick up the pieces together and start her life anew with the trust and support of her family and close friends. My friend’s drug abuse story may not be the first time you’ve heard of. Unfortunately, not everyone survives the devastating effects of drug and opiates abuse, which is why, I’m honored to have been able to share about it and help raise awareness about the opioid crisis.
What is LifeInCheck Drug Disposal Program?
LifeInCheck Drug Disposal program is a safe option for consumers to dispose of their unused or outdated prescription medications in secure receptacles located across the US. I think this is really a great idea because instead of flushing medications down the toilet or pouring them in the drain, or throwing them in the garbage, you’ll feel safe and secure knowing that you’re not damaging our environment, or worse, cause the possibility of your unused or expired drugs to be abused by others.
Here are some alarming facts about drug/opioid abuse according to recent studies:
- Approximately fifty-four million Americans over the age of 12 have used prescription medications for non-medical reasons at least once in their lifetime (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse)
- 77% of opioid prescription medications taken by new users are obtained from a friend or relative (Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
- 62% of teens who admit taking medication for non-medical reasons say they get drugs from medicine cabinets in their homes (Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health, SAMHSA)
In an effort to assist in reducing these issues and increasing awareness to the opioid crisis that’s affecting many American families, LifeInCheck created a Drug Disposal program where consumers can go to a location near them to properly and safely discard of their unused or expired drugs in the LifeInCheck Drug Disposal receptacle.
Where can you find LifeInCheck Drug Disposal locations?
To find LifeInCheck Drug Disposal location near you, simply GO HERE and enter your city and state or zip code and search radius and you will get a list of safe drug disposal locations. They are usually located inside select major hospitals, health centers and pharmacy stores.
In the Northern Virginia/DC area, I found several LifeInCheck locations near me and went to the Inova Pharmacy Plus at Fair Oaks in Fairfax, Virginia to check it out for myself.
Keep in mind that not all drugs are accepted in these drug disposal receptacles. Here’s a helpful list of what are/are not accepted:
I truly support the idea of discarding unused and expired prescriptions in the LifeInCheck Drug Disposal receptacle. I’m passionate about the drug disposal program because I’ve heard too many real-life stories of expired drugs getting into the wrong hands of people. I personally know of one elderly friend who accidentally took expired drugs because she had so many medication bottles in her medicine cabinet and she took the expired drugs accidentally for a period of time. This did not help her condition and it was tragic that her health deteriorated overtime.
Additionally, it’s been shown in recent studies that improper disposal of unused or expired drugs like tossing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet or drain can be harmful to fish, wildlife, and their habitats because some of the drug components can end up in our lakes, streams, and water supplies. So it’s really important that we do our part in disposing our unused and expire drugs properly. Locating a LifeInCheck drug disposal receptacle to dispose drugs you no longer need is one way to do this.
How do you use LifeInCheck Drug Disposal receptacle to dispose drugs?
It’s super easy to use the LifeInCheck Drug Disposal receptacle. Just pull to open the drawer, place the medications inside and then close the drawer.
To learn more about the LifeInCheck Drug Disposal Program and find a LifeInCheck Drug Disposal Location, go here.
So what do you think of the LifeInCheck Drug Disposal Program? Do you think it’s a helpful tool in the fight against the opioid crisis? Why or why not?
*Source: National Center for Health Statistics
** Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention