Don’t Let Addiction Spread
Drug addiction is a major problem across the US. with opiate related overdoses as one of the leading causes of accidental deaths. One of the most common introductions to to opiates is prescription pain killers. According to CBS News, more than 1 in 3 Americans were prescribed opiates. In that same year, nearly half of the overdose deaths where attributed to prescription drugs.
Not only do prescription drugs significantly contribute to overdose deaths, many opiate addicts say the first opiate they tried where pain killers. This is why it should be every American's civic duty to ensure their unused prescription drugs are properly destroyed.
State Senators in New York are, for this reason, working on a new bill requiring pharmaceutical companies to collect unused prescription pills.
“Due to the fact that some drug addictions are first supplied by leftover medication a family member or friend did not use, cutting off that supply is essential,” said State Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau County)
There are some who are against the bill saying that the drug pick-up kiosk’s could become a target for thieves. They stress that more should be done to educate the public to secure the unused prescriptions in the home. In my opinion, that sounds like more of the same and not a move towards any change in the way things have been going.
Should more states even move in this direction?