This post is sponsored by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Well I’m back to talk about it again, and how it’s more important than ever for me! Now it’s true that my kids are older now, and less likely to find old prescription drugs, BUT, we have new circumstances this year. We have a new puppy! AND, we’re expecting another baby. So that’s two more family members in 2020 who we will need to puppy and baby-proof for on the sooner side. Also, we have more time at home than we’ve ever had. I honestly never in my lifetime could have imagined such a time, but there’s beauty in finding the rhythm of living life at home right now. This is an excellent opportunity to organize and purge unneeded prescription drugs from your home, and to participate in keeping drugs safe. So we’re doing double duty right now!
The Importance of DEA Take Back Day This Year:
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day:
This day offers Americans a unique opportunity to protect their homes, families, and medicine cabinets from theft and abuse. Since the opioid crisis has grown, and touches individuals of all ages, races, and genders, DEA Take Back Day provides us with a secure and convenient way to dispose of medications. And helping people remove opioids and other medications from their homes significantly reduces the risk of any possible poisonings or overdoses. DEA Take Back Day is Saturday, October 24th.
Boy, I have so many. For one, we now have an eight-month-old puppy, and medications are a danger for her. We got a cat last summer, and she is able to get into areas of the house that dogs can’t get into. And of course, I have two kids and another on the way. My kids are helpful at organizing and cleaning the house, and they’ll also be a part of getting the house safe and ready for their baby brother’s arrival. And lastly, I have a dear family member who has overcome an opioid addiction and I like to keep my home safe for him as well. It’s amazing how you will forget about old medications when you no longer need them – but they remain in your house and for little hands and paws to find.
We all know that these are uncertain times. DEA Take Back Day gives us a unique opportunity. Even if you only have one prescription to take back, that helps make a difference to prevent those prescription drugs from becoming lost, stolen, or simply misused. This is a way to take a stand against prescription opioid misuse, and to keep your family and community safe. Get rid of those unused or expired prescriptions in your home and make a difference! This day will take place at location sites across the country by offering a free and anonymous way for the public to dispose of unused, expired, and/or unwanted prescription drugs.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some areas may not be able to host an in-person collection site on October 24th. However, there are 11,000 year round collection sites also available – and an option for everyone to stay safe.