Let’s Make Every Day Drug Take Back Day

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By: Kelly Juleson, Co-President

Today is National Drug Take Back Day – a day that serves as a crucial reminder for communities across America to safely dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medications. But why should we limit our drug disposal to just twice a year? With the right tools and resources, we can make safely disposing of unwanted medications easier and more practical than ever before.
First things first – it’s crucial to understand why we can’t just throw away medications or save them for a rainy day.

Keeping unused prescription drugs at home can be dangerous, especially if they end up in the wrong hands. Our young people might accidentally or intentionally misuse them, which can serve as a gateway to even more dangerous drugs such as fentanyl. Tossing meds in the trash isn’t much better – they can still be found and misused or end up contaminating our environment.

Life can get busy, and those biannual Drug Take Back Days might not always fit into our schedules. Plus, let’s face it, we live in an instant gratification society. Packing up our medications and waiting in line at a collection site isn’t exactly a top priority on our to-do lists. But that’s where drug deactivation kits come in – they’re quick, easy, and available whenever you need them.

Read full op-ed: https://ctmirror.org/2023/04/22/lets-make-every-day-drug-take-back-day/

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership builds statewide capacity to prevent underage drinking and substance use and builds strategic alliances to promote the overall well-being of Connecticut’s future workforce.