Mama’s Little Helper Could be Family’s Worst Nightmare
If you’ve recently had surgery, a serious injury, or an ongoing medical problem, chances are you have a few pills laying around in a medicine cabinet. You might not even remember having them since they’ve been shoved behind those bottles of ibuprofen and omeprazole.
You may be keeping them around in case of an emergency or because you don’t want to throw away good money. You may have simply forgotten to throw them out. If you are keeping them around to take recreationally, well, let’s just say you wouldn’t be the first person to try it. No matter what your reasons are, you probably don’t think keeping leftover drugs around is a big deal.
But if you stop and think about it for a moment, you will realize that you’re taking a huge risk by not disposing of your prescription pills.
The movement of prescription drugs from people with a valid prescription to others without a valid prescription is called “drug diversion.” This sort of interaction is not the stuff of drug dealers and gangsters. Normal people practice drug diversion every day without understanding the consequences.
That’s why the easiest way for young people to get drugs doesn’t even require them to leave the house. The majority of young people get their drugs from a friend or family member, i.e. in their own home. What’s more terrifying is that many teens don’t even believe prescription drugs are addicting, and in most cases don’t comprehend what it means to use these drugs in a way that is safe and responsible.
How to Get Rid of Your Old Drugs
There are a number of ways to safely dispose of your drugs before they fall into the wrong hands. Many communities have “take back” days where the police, doctors and medical workers collect unused prescriptions.
If your community doesn’t have a take back program, try reading these tips about safe drug disposal. Drug disposal is one more step toward keeping your family safe and healthy.