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Access to Prescription Drugs Subcommittee

Along with alcohol, prescription medications and over the counter medicines are often found in homes. Just like alcohol, these medicines should be in a place where access can be limited or denied. Doing this can decrease ingestion by a child, by those the medicine is not prescribed and accidental overdose.

When medications are no longer needed how to dispose of them may be another issue. Learning to properly dispose of your medications can keep them out of the hands of those it can harm.

If you have an interest in joining our subcommittee please contact  Joe Pinilla at 864-582-7588 ext. 334 or email at jpinilla@sadac.org

Prescription Take Back

Overdose Awareness

Read this and find out how to keep you and those around you safe. How should you dispose of your expired or unused medicines?

According to results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 2.4 million Americans used prescription drugs nonmedically for the first time within the past year, which averages to approximately 6,600 initiates per day. About a third were aged 12 to 17. The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), which monitors emergency department (ED) visits in selected areas across the Nation, reported that approximately 1 million ED visits in 2009 could be attributed to prescription drug abuse.

We want to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of everyone they were not prescribed for! No sharing, no trading and keep them in a secure location that only you can get to. Keep close track of your prescriptions so you can tell if they are depleting faster than they should. Make sure dispose of your unused meds safely at the Drug Take Back sites in the Spring and Fall.

More Stats

  • Nearly 15,000 people die every year of an overdose involving prescription painkillers.
  • 1 in 5 teens report intentionally misusing someone else's prescription drugs.
  • 1 in 20 people reported using prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons.
  • Nearly half of these teens say they get the medications from friends and relatives for free or by theft.
  • Teens may attend "pharming parties" where they barter legal drugs and get high or trade stolen or bartered drugs at school or other places.
  • It isn’t uncommon for an adult to raid a neighbor’s medicine cabinet.
  • Burglars routinely break into homes to steal drugs.

From 2000 to 2010: Sales of prescription painkillers have increased 3.5 times.

Deaths from prescription painkillers have increased 3.3 times.

Treatment admissions due to prescription painkillers have increased 5 times.

Disposal Options

Follow any specific disposal instructions on the drug label or patient information that accompanies the medication

The Best Choice

Call your local household trash/recycling (government run pick up service is usually found in your blue pages) service to see if a take-back program is available in your community. Also, some pharmacies participate in take back programs. Call pharmacies in your area to inquire if this is a service they provide. By participating in a take back program you are insuring that these potentially harmful medications are out of your home and will be disposed of properly.l your local household trash/recycling

In The Trash

If no instructions are given on the drug label and no take-back program is available in your area, throw the drugs in the household trash,but first:

Take them out of their original containers, put them in a sealable bag,empty can, or other container to prevent the medication from leaking out of a garbage bag. Mix them with trash, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter.This makes it less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through your trash.

Down The Drain?

Drugs such as powerful narcotic pain relievers and other controlled substances carry instructions for flushing to reduce the danger of unintentional use or overdose and illegal abuse. However, the only way to keep our water supply, streams, rivers, lakes, etc. clean is to avoid flushing or pouring these products down the drain. If at all possible, dispose of your medications using one of the two methods listed in this brochure.

A Message from Spartanburg Water

Help protect our waterways and water supply by properly disposing of all prescription and overthe-counter medications.

Each day, the average adult uses personal care products and pharmaceuticals containing over 126 unique compounds. Due to the increased use of these products and improvements in analytical technology, very tiny amounts of these compounds can be detected in outflow from wastewater treatment plants and septic systems, potentially ending up in our creeks, streams, rivers, and lakes.While there is no direct evidence that these trace amounts pose a risk to human health, scientists can sometimes find interference with aquatic organisms,and studies continue. Meanwhile, it's important to control what we put into water and how we dispose of these products.

Remember, never flush personal care products or pharmaceutical drugs down a toilet or sink. Properly discard these substances in your trash can or take them to a designated disposal location.

Protect Your Indentity and Dont Share

Before throwing out a medicine container, scratch out all identifying information on the label to make it unreadable. This will help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information. Do not give medications to friends. Doctors prescribe drugs based on a person's specific symptoms and medical history. A drug that works for you could be dangerous for someone else. When in doubt about proper disposal, talk to your pharmacist. The same disposal methods for prescription drugs could apply to over-the counter drugs as well.


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