National Take-Back Medication Day

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is October 28, 2017.  4 out of every 5 people who start using heroin start with inappropriate use of prescriptions.  Getting rid of unused medication is one of the most powerful prevention tools possible. 

King County has a secure medication return program that can help you keep your family and communities safer-

Teens believe it’s safe
Many teens mistakenly believe it is safe to misuse prescription and over-the-counter drugs because they get them from the home. More than half of teens surveyed say they get the drugs they abuse from their family or friend’s medicine cabinet, often without anyone’s knowledge.  Safely disposing of what you no longer need reduces access.

Seniors keep loved ones safe
More than 50 percent of seniors take more than 5 medications or supplements daily. Storing unwanted medicines with daily medications can put seniors at risk of not taking medications as prescribed and are accessible to others for misuse. Safely storing what you need and disposing of what you don’t keep families safe.

Find National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day locations near you: or call 1-800-882-9539.

Remember, flushing medication or putting it in the garbage can pollute waters and lands.

Thank you to King County for sharing this valuable information.

Stay safe Seattle!


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