Zionsville Times Sentinel

Commentary

March 12, 2014

Proper drug disposal is important

Aspirin used to be the panacea for almost any ache and pain. Now there are drugs for every disease and dysfunction. While that is a good thing, drugs are also easily over-used, over-prescribed and stockpiled. Have you seen the recent TV campaign on prescription drug abuse? It shows kids and adults taking prescription drugs from the home medicine cabinet for recreational rather than the prescribed use. I hate the term “recreational” here. Recreation is going boating, skating, fishing, watching football, playing basketball, tennis, soccer, dancing, hiking, doing crafts or listening to music. Recreation is any hobby or pastime that promotes health and wellness of body and mind. Drug use is not recreation. Even when prescribed, drugs can be dangerous. It’s essential to keep a close eye on prescription drugs, especially when there are others in the home. After doctors’ orders are followed, drugs should be disposed of properly. Many have a street value and can include a regrettable outcome when used incorrectly. Left in the medicine cabinet for potential later use, drugs become an easy target for someone else to abuse for “recreational” purposes — often with tragic consequences. The emphasis on proper disposal is to protect our families from accidental overdose and to keep our waterways safe. In the past, it had been suggested to trash or flush unused prescription drugs. That is no longer recommended. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.

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