The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is holding its 15th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day tomorrow, Saturday, April 28. A 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, estimated that 6.4 million Americans have misused controlled prescription drugs. The study also showed a majority of these misused drugs were obtained from family members and friends, and often from medicine cabinets at home.
The Take Back Day initiative addresses this critical public safety and public health issue by encouraging the safe disposal of unused prescription drugs. It provides Americans with the opportunity to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths by cleaning out their medicine cabinets and safely and anonymously turning in unused prescriptions to an authorized collector. Click here to find an authorized collection site near you.
And, as part of our commitment to improving the quality health care, Alliant works to help ensure medication safety and best practices in prescribing. Over time, medications expire, they could have been prescribed in error, or they may negatively interact with new medications you’ve been given. We recommend taking all of your medications with you to your doctor’s appointments to ensure your entire healthcare team knows what medications you’ve been prescribed. This simple strategy can reduce medication errors; and to make the process more convenient, Alliant Quality offers a “Med Bag” available for you at no-cost. To order a “Med Bag” for transporting your prescriptions, or to access other medication and health-related resources, please visit alliantquality.org/resources.