Protect Your Child from Overdoses: National Pharmaceutical Take Back Day


Parents have a lot to worry about these days.  The media is full of stories of children whose lives have gone astray.  And watchful parents try their best to protect their children from illicit substances and bad influences.  There’s a lot to keep a parent up at night.  Will your child succumb to peer pressure and drink at parties? Will they be exposed to illegal drugs on the playground? Will they become an addict? 

What if your child thought he didn’t need to do that because your own prescription drugs were so easily available?  The Partnership for a Drug Free America reports, “The number one source of drugs that teenagers abuse is their own home medicine cabinet.  Kids tell us in surveys that there is enough supply at home, at grandma's house; that they don't have to buy them."

The Partnership for a Drug Free America estimates there’s approximately 200 pounds of unused medications gathering dust in medicine cabinets.  In 2011, roughly 1.7 million youths admitted to the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that they took prescription pills out of their family members’ medicine cabinets.   This represents a reduction by nearly 300,000. 

"These findings show that national efforts to address the problem of prescription drug misuse may be beginning to bear fruit and we must continue to apply this pressure to drive down this and other forms of substance use," SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde said in an agency news release.


To support these campaigns against prescription drug abuse, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has scheduled a National Pharmaceutical “Take Back Day.”  On September 29, 2012 from 10am- 2pm you’ll be able to drop off these old prescriptions at a local center. To find a local prescription drop off center, call 800-882-9539. 

By turning in your old medications, you could potentially be saving the life of your child.  Often, we don’t think about what’s really lurking in our medicine cabinet.  Oxycodone from your ankle repair surgery, Vicodin from last year’s dental work, Percocet left over from your elective surgery… It could all be in there. Clean out your medicine cabinet today so you can protect your children from accidental overdoses.

If your child overdoses on medications, seek help immediately.  But if you find that you’d like to consult an attorney to review your legal options, we’re here for you.