The American Dental Association (ADA) joins the cause as well, and urges dentists to inform their patients about how to safely get rid of all the medications and other pharmaceutical products, which are expired or not needed anymore.
According to the president of ADA William R. Carnon, medicine abuse is a very big problem today. Since dentists in general prescribe many types of pain medications to their patients, they are also sort of responsible for educating patients on how to not misuse the drugs, and get rid of the medications when they are not needed anymore or when they are past the expiration date.
Statistics released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration show that the most often misused and abused drugs among children of 12 or 13 are actually the prescription medications.
The role of the narcotic pain medications prescribed by dentists is to alleviate the pain after a dental intervention. However, using these medications for longer than prescribed, or for other purposes than prescribed is extremely dangerous and over dosage can easily lead to death.
The Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held by the DEA with the main purpose to allow patients to bring the medications they no longer use, or those that have expired, to safe drug disposal sites.
The previous event saw patients bring back as many 276 tons of meds (especially prescription drugs) and had them disposed to well over 5,000 locations across the country. On its own website, the DEA lists all the approved such medication disposal sites where people can take these drugs for safe and secure disposal.
The number of people who are constantly looking to get prescription drugs has increased dramatically. This is why the ADA advises dentists to constantly refresh their knowledge regarding opioid prescription drugs.
The organization also offers continuing education courses for its members, and these can be accessed for free online. These courses are aimed to solidify the knowledge of dentists on how to prescribe safely and securely these opioid drugs to patients.
Drugs can easily become substances of abuse in your home, and this is why you should check out the Medicine Abuse Project. You will learn from there how to avoid allowing medicines to become dangerous to you or any member in your family.
In case you live in Pennsylvania and you have this problem with your young children, do not hesitate to call a Pennsylvania drug abuse hotline for help.