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6 Million Americans Misused Prescription Drugs in 2017 – Often Obtained from a Home Medicine Cabinet!
Posted on: 4/9/2019
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Whether unused or expired drugs are sitting in home medicine cabinets or inside medical facilities, the frontline battle of the opioid epidemic is preventing prescription drugs from getting diverted. 

Proper disposal ensures that these medications will not be a detriment to others or cause harm to the environment. 

Get the word out to your patients about the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27. You can also help your patients locate a convenient collection site. 

To help you promote Take Back Day, ISMS offers a free downloadable office poster.

Also check out our Issue Brief, covering how to guide your patients on proper ways to dispose of prescription medications, as well as how medical practices and facilities should dispose of sample medications.

Important: It is unlawful for physicians to take custody of prescription medications for the purpose of disposal unless they are licensed collectors.

If you need assistance, ISMS members and their practice management professionals may contact our advocacy team with questions by calling 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by sending an email.


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