Saturday, Oct. 27, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Did you know that 66 percent of people ages 12 and older who misuse prescription opioids obtain them from a friend or family member?

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is partnering with local law enforcement to host National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 27. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is designed to help combat the opioid epidemic by removing unused medications from homes. Throughout the United States, Americans are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in any unused or expired prescription medications. 

Encourage employees to participate by explaining the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. You and your employees can also access the DEA Diversion Control Division page and search by city or ZIP code to find a collection location near you.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events raise awareness of the opioid epidemic and offer the public a safe and anonymous way to help prevent substance abuse. In April 2018, the event spanned close to 6,000 locations across the country and collected nearly 475 tons of unwanted medications.

UnitedHealthcare continues its focus on ‘prevent, treat and support’ as the 3 pillars of its opioid approach. Thoughtful utilization management edits, opioid dispensing limits at home delivery, prescription caps and labels with opioid warnings as well as drug disposal kits are just some of the opioid management efforts that come together to make UnitedHealthcare’s commitment to safe and appropriate opioid use a reality. 

For more information, please contact your broker or UnitedHealthcare representative.