Prescription Drugs - The alarming down side and what you can do to help

A significant step in the battle against the opiate epidemic

NILES, Ill., Oct. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- October 28th, 2017 marks the date of the 14th National Take Back Initiative. The NTBI events are a response to the epidemic of opioid overdoses in the US as well as an effort to keep prescription drugs from fouling our environment.

Residents in all 50 states will have the opportunity, again, to rid their homes and medicine cabinets and safely dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription drugs. Each drug turned in means one less drug falling into the wrong hands, which adds up. Last initiative alone, more than 900,000 pounds (450 tons) of prescription drugs were collected by more than 4,200 police departments and law enforcement agencies – that's 450 tons in one day! For more information and the location of the collection sites in your area go to

Whitney Medical Solutions supports this initiative and has been doing so since the beginning. Whitney worked with the DEA's New Jersey Division, prior to the formal 2010 start of the NTBI. In 2009, Whitney supplied collection containers for "Operation Medicine Cabinet", formed by a coalition of the New Jersey DEA, Attorney General and Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. Operation Medicine Cabinet was the first ever statewide prescription disposal program in the nation.

Prescription drugs are of course needed to treat many illnesses and conditions. Millions are alive because of them, but many of those drugs also find their way into the hands of those who abuse them.

In 2015 alone, there were 52,404 lethal drug overdoses and over 20,000 deaths were attributed to prescription pain relievers. Among adolescents (12 to 17 years old) an estimated 122,000 were addicted to prescription pain relievers, and over 1,500 of the 4,200 total overdose deaths of adolescents were attributed to prescription drugs.

According to a study by the National Study of Drug-Use and Health, 70% of people who abuse prescription drugs say they got them from friends or relatives.

Approximately half of teens who abuse prescription painkillers say they are easy to get from their parents' medicine cabinets; half of the teens say the drugs are easy to obtain through other people's prescriptions, and more than half say the drugs are available "everywhere."

Apart from removing the actual drugs, the National Take Back Initiative and the publicity surrounding it is an opportunity to educate the public, the young and the old, about the dangers of unused drugs.

Whitney Medical Solutions has been manufacturing products for the medical field, hospitals, and laboratories for over thirty years. Our products are American-made in our on-site manufacturing facility. We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of medical professionals from the operating room to small and large research labs and to law enforcement agencies for collection of unused prescription drugs. For more information, go to

Media Contact: Barbara Mott, Whitney Medical Solutions, 8474709300,

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