Drug Enforcement Administration Announces “Secure Your Meds” Campaign
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The Drug Enforcement Administration announced its new “Secure Your Meds” awareness campaign this week. The campaign asks Americans to address the prescription drugs that are commonly left unprotected in homes, making them available for misuse and abuse. Unused prescription drugs should be kept safe and secure until they can properly be disposed.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, two-thirds of teens who misused pain relievers in the past year say that they got them from family and friends, including their home’s medicine cabinets.
“Protecting the health and safety of our communities is DEA’s top priority, especially during the unprecedented public health emergency,” said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. “With Americans at home, families need to be even more vigilant and keep prescription medications safe, secure, and out of reach of children and others in the household.”
The Secure Your Meds campaign replaces the DEA’s regular National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which was scheduled for April 25, 2020, but cannot be held due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will be rescheduled after the national public health emergency subsides.
More information on the Secure Your Meds campaign and Take Back Day are available at https://takebackday.dea.gov/.