Prescription drug disposal locations. Find a drug disposal location and safely dispose your unwanted prescription drugs & over-the-counter medications.
Proper disposal of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication is essential to the health of every community. Proper disposal of prescription drug reduces abuse, protects the environment and prevents accidental poisoning.
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Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic facing our entire nation. Preventing drug abuse starts with you and through Pitch Your Pills we’re educating residents about simple steps that produce immediate results.
Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically.
When used as prescribed, prescription drugs are safe medications that help millions of people in the U.S. every day. But abusing them or not taking prescription medication as prescribed has many health risks, including addiction and overdose.
Some individuals who misuse prescription drugs, particularly teens, believe these substances are safer than illicit drugs because they are prescribed by a healthcare professional and dispensed by a pharmacist. Addressing the prescription drug abuse epidemic is not only a top priority for public health, it will also help build stronger communities and allow those with substance abuse disorders to lead healthier, more productive lives.
Guided by the belief that proper disposal of prescription drugs & over-the-counter medications is an essential activity to ensure the health of every community, the Pitch Your Pills campaign works to prevent abuse, protect the environment and prevent accidental poisoning. As a public awareness effort led by the Seminole Prevention Coalition, it seeks to ensure that all residents of Central Florida are informed about the benefits of proper drug disposal and have access to a safe, convenient and environmentally friendly way to dispose their unused prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Proper medication disposal has made significant gains in awareness and infrastructure in recent years, but the concept faces challenges before widespread awareness and adoption is achieved. The Seminole Prevention Coalition works closely with many partners-across both the public and private sectors-to help Seminole County and its residents accept proper disposal as an everyday habit and ultimately ensure a healthy community both now and in the future.
Learn about the benefits of proper prescription drug disposal
If you or your organization is interested in joining forces with the Seminole Prevention Coalition’s Pitch Your Pills initiative to reduce prescription drug abuse and protect the environment we invite you to contact us today and learn how successful collaboration will build a healthy community and increase the quality of life in Seminole County.