The Drug Enforcement Administration is urging people to properly dispose of unused prescription drugs in an effort to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.
Abuse of prescription drugs has grown in recent years, which has fueled an increase in emergency room visits, overdoses and even deaths from these often addictive substances. From a life insurance perspective, misuse of prescription drugs can also greatly harm one's family by affecting the size of a policy's payout.
To help address the problem, the DEA has announced a prescription drug "take-back" campaign at more than 3,400 sites around the country where people can drop off expired and unused pills to be destroyed. The free service will be offered at these locations on September 25.
"Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, and take-back events like this one are an indispensable tool for reducing the threat that the diversion and abuse of these drugs pose to public health," said Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske.
The announcement cautioned people against disposing of unwanted prescription drugs by putting them in the garbage or down the drain, since these can come with their own safety hazards.