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I always try to pursue natural and holistic and natural ways to heal whenever I possibly can but sometimes, you have to get out of your own way and realize that medication is the best option. I did that when I realized my anxiety and depression were out of control. I did that when my wisdom teeth became impacted and the pain was unbearable.
I try to stop taking medication as soon as possible, so my medicine cabinet is full of old, prescription medicines that I don’t need anymore. I never knew how to get rid of them, so I just kept them. I had heard about people flushing them down the toilet or even just tossing them in the trash can but I also know that when we do that, our medications leak into our water, which can contaminated our drinking water, create bacterial resistance to antibiotics and kill our amazing underwater creatures. NO THANK YOU.
I also know that, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately fifty-four million Americans over the age of 12 have used prescription medications for non-medical reasons at least once in their lifetime. 197 Americans die every day from a drug overdose. This scares me.
Living in Baltimore, I am all too aware of the opiod crisis. It is killing our people, turning good people into zombies. And unfortunately, my uncle is one of those good people turned drug addict. I’ve always known him to be a funny, kind-hearted, energetic person who loved playing guitar and is talented in so many ways. He abused prescription drugs for a while, leading to worse. He is now a homeless drug addict somewhere in Baltimore. I have no contact with him. This opiod crisis has ripped away part of my family from me.
So that’s why I am celebrating National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 27th. To celebrate, I am going to be disposing of any unused or outdated prescription, over the counter or pet medications through the LifeInCheck Drug Disposal program. The LifeInCheck Drug Disposal program has secured LifeInCheck Drug Disposal receptacles all over the nation where you can safely dispose of your medications.
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Let’s save the planet and our communities. Let’s keep any more families from being broken. Will you please join me in celebrating National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 27th?