National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The Decatur Police Department, Hartselle Police Department, Morgan County Sheriff's Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs this fall. The date is TBD.
Lock Your Meds®
Lock Your Meds® is a national campaign designed to reduce prescription drug abuse by making adults aware that they are the "unwitting suppliers" of prescription medications being used in unintended ways, especially by young people.
Prescription medicines taken properly help heal illnesses, relieve pain, control disease, and bring balance to your life. But when others take your medications, they can be very dangerous.
What's in your medicine cabinet? On your nightstand or the kitchen counter? In your purse? Naturally, you keep prescription medicines and cold and cough medicine remedies handy for you to take when needed. But, they are also handy for teens to take without you knowing it.
- Remove drugs from your medicine cabinet and hide them, lock them up, or taken them out of your house.
- Safeguard all medicines that have to remain at home by monitoring quantities and controlling access.
- Take inventory by writing down the names and the amounts of medications you currently have and regularly check to see if anything is missing.
- If your child is on prescribed medication, monitor the dosages and refills. Set clear rules, such as not sharing and always following proper dosages.
- Warn your youngsters that taking prescription or OTC drugs without a doctor's supervision can be just as dangerous and potentially lethal as taking street drugs.
- Supervise your child's Internet use: many pharmacy sites are not regulated and will sell your child medications without prescriptions.
- Properly dispose of old, expired, or unused medications in the trash. Call the Morgan County Substance Abuse Network at (256) 353-1160 for local "take-back" collection information. DO NOT flush medications down the drain or toilet, unless the label indicates it is safe to do so.
For more information about the Lock Your Meds® program, visit www.lockyourmeds.org.