CSIP Encourages Consumers to Participate in National Prescription Take Back Day on April 28; Google Announces New Online Tools to Help Consumers

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Participating in DEA’s annual event helps families properly dispose of unused or expired medicines and prevent addiction where it most often starts – at home.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has found that one way that Americans can help prevent drug abuse and addiction is to properly dispose of unneeded or expired prescription drugs.

The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) and its members are encouraging Americans to do their part to help curb opioid abuse and accidental drug poisoning by participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2018 National Prescription Take Back Day at 5,500 locations nationwide on Saturday, April 28.

“The majority of misused prescription drugs are obtained from the medicine cabinets of family and friends, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic and leading to 115 people dying every day from opioid-related overdoses,” explained CSIP Executive Director Marjorie Clifton.

“Participating in DEA’s annual event helps families properly dispose of unused or expired medicines and prevent addiction where it most often starts – at home.”

Google LLC, a CSIP board member, also announced today that its using Google's homepage to help consumers participate in this year’s Prescription Take Back Day.

“The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has found that one way that Americans can help prevent drug abuse and addiction is to properly dispose of unneeded or expired prescription drugs,” explained Google Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Susan Molinari. “Yet many people aren’t aware of, or can’t easily find, prescription drug disposal programs in their communities.

“Using Google Maps API, our team worked with the DEA to create a locator tool which can help anyone find a place near them to safely dispose of leftover prescription medications,” she added. “Longer term, we’re working with the DEA and state governments to gather data on year-round take back options for future Google Maps integration.”

The National Survey on Drug Use, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), concluded that over 50% of all misused opioids are obtained from a friend or a relative, often from a home medicine cabinet.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, increases in prescription drug misuse over the last 15 years are reflected in increased emergency room visits, overdose deaths, and treatment admissions for prescription drug use disorders, the most severe form of which is addiction.

“The U.S. opioid crisis touches every family in every city in the country,” Clifton said. “Through our education efforts, CSIP and all of our members are committed to ensuring that families not only stay safe online, but also understand the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse; how to safely store and dispose of prescription medicines; and the resources that are available for addiction prevention, treatment and recovery.”

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION TAKE BACK DAY PROGRAM
The DEA launched National Prescription Take Back Day in 2010. Last year, Americans brought the DEA and its more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners a record-setting 912,305 pounds—456 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites, bringing the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 9,015,668 pounds, or 4,508 tons.

About the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP)
The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP), a non-profit organization founded in 2011, represents the technology sector and Internet intermediaries. CSIP’s mission is to promote best practices in the technology and commerce industries and educate consumers about illegal online pharmacies and counterfeit medicines to help keep them safe online.

About National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Locate a Collection Site Near You on Google Maps

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