Prescription Drug Disposal Initiatives in Sacramento
Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States. Each day, 40 people die across the country from a drug overdose, most commonly from opioid painkillers, depressants or anxiety medications.
Some cities, like Sacramento, CA, are putting prescription drug disposal initiatives in place in order to better inform the public about how and where to dispose of drugs responsibly. In fact, many Northern California communities have ordinances to operate drug collection programs funded by drugmakers.
Why is proper drug disposal important? Because flushing drugs down the toilet contaminates rivers, lakes and water supplies, and keeping drugs in a medicine cabinet or disposing of them in a trash can could potentially result in them being found and taken by an addict.
How Can We Help?
More communities need to put drug disposal initiatives in place — similar to what is underway in Sacramento and Northern California. The country needs public health professionals to be advocates who combat this growing public health problem — even through preventative measures like drug disposal education.
The online MPH program from GW trains students to address these important public health challenges and foster meaningful change in communities across the country and around the world.
https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/prescription-drug-overdose (2017) http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/ask-emily/article80209232.html (2016)