Welcome to North Shore Health Department North Shore Health Department Highlights for 10/18/2016 Did you know? October 22 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This 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. The United States is in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, after marijuana, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the commonly abused drugs among high school seniors. The CDC reports that more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 (the most recent statistics available), than in any other year on record. Deaths from drug overdose are up among both men and women, all races, and adults of nearly all ages. You can help prevent prescription drug abuse by talking to your children about the dangers of taking someone else’s medication, and by safely removing all expired and unused medications from your home. Incorrect disposal of some medications can affect aquatic plants and animals, contaminate our food and water supplies, or permit drug theft. For that reason, it is not recommended to flush or throw away any medications. Returning your unwanted medicine to a take-back program is the safest and most environmentally protective way to dispose of them. A searchable listing of locations to drop off medications on October 22 can be found at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/. Additionally, all police departments in the seven North Shore communities regularly accept unused or expired medications. Guidelines for drop-off by community can be found at: http://www.nshealthdept.org/Portals/NsHealthDept.org/Med%20Drop%20Off%20Sites.pdf Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.