The problem of opioid abuse cuts across all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic boundaries. Tackling this issue requires a multifaceted approach, which is why the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) is encouraging the public steps to fight the opioid problem happening within the state of Illinois and around the country through the upcoming “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” that is occurring October 22.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was established with involvement from the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is a chance for people to get rid of unused medications that they may have around the house. Illinois was one of the top five states turning in medications during the last take-back day, underscoring the importance of bringing even more awareness to this opioid crisis. In fact, 24 tons of unused medications were returned to 228 law enforcement agencies across the state.
Last week, ISMS distributed more than 11,000 kits to promote Prescription Drug Take Back Day and show the importance of disposing of unused medications. Recent surveys have indicated that drug abusers say a majority of addictions started by stealing medications from a relative or friend.
If you are interested in helping fight this opioid epidemic within Illinois, find your location to a drop-off site for Drug Take Back Day here!