Drug ‘Take Back’ Events Seek to End Addiction to Prescription Pills

By Staff Writer

A growing number of individuals are turning to their medicine cabinets to obtain drugs that can deliver powerful intoxicating effects. However, these prescription drugs can also cause strong addictions, which can be difficult to end without help from rehab facilities.

In an effort to reduce the rates of addiction to prescription medications, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency recently sponsored a series of Take Back events across the country, which urged residents to return their unused prescription medication for disposal.

Residents in one Midwestern state recently returned more than 935 pounds of unwanted drugs to law enforcement officers, according to the Midtown Journal. Organizers said that this would help control the rates of addiction to prescription painkillers, especially among teenagers.

“One of the easiest ways for children to get their hands on illegal drugs is not on the streets – it is right there in the household medicine cabinet,” Richard Jones, a local sheriff, told the news source.

More than 20 percent of Americans over the age of 12 have abused prescription drugs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.