Abuse in homes and communities

Medication disposal day

Curious about how to coordinate a medication disposal day in your community? The below document provides a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the logistical and legal matters involved.

Medication disposal day
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The nation’s fastest growing drug epidemic is not in the streets – it is in our medicine cabinets.  In the past month alone, an estimated seven million Americans have abused prescription medications, according to Media Planet — mostly painkillers, sedatives, tranquilizers and stimulants. The problem affects people from every age group and socioeconomic class.

Increasing numbers of teens are using prescription and over-the-counter medications to get high. Many parents don’t know enough about this problem, and many teens don’t understand the dangers.

To educate teens and parents, the Cardinal Health Foundation has teamed up with The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy to promote prescription drug abuse and misuse prevention with the GenerationRx Outreach Initiative. Together, we created a free, comprehensive suite of resources to increase awareness about this issue and encourage action in communities across the country.

Prescription drug abuse is the second leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. and the leading cause of accidental death in 16 states plus the District of Columbia. Every day, nearly 2,500 youth aged 12-17 abuse a prescription pain reliever for the very first time. Medication disposal days can help curb these trends by providing community members with a safe, convenient, legally and environmentally sound way to dispose of unwanted medications. Cardinal Health partners with hospitals, police departments and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to encourage people to properly dispose of unneeded medications during Medication Disposal Days.  

Visit the DEA website and locate an event near you

  • As part of its ongoing commitment to preventing prescription drug abuse, the Cardinal Health Foundation created new guidelines that help pharmacists and other health care providers understand the steps involved in hosting medication disposal days. The guidelines can be found at cardinalhealth.com/GenerationRx, and include information on how to contact local partners, obtain necessary permits, and drive participation in medication disposal days.