You’ve had some health issues over the years, and there are a lot of old pill bottles with unused prescription medications in them lying around your house.
Could you accidentally be contributing to a loved one’s addiction?
Drug addiction often starts at home
Prescription drug abuse is a major problem for a lot of Americans. Not only does addiction cause a great deal of physical and mental suffering for the addict, but it can end up destroying careers and wrecking families.
Addiction is also one of the most prevalent reasons that people end up in trouble with the law. Addicts will steal, forge prescriptions, sell drugs and commit other offenses in an effort to get another fix — or the money to buy one. Prisons are full of people who got there through drug abuse and addiction.
According to a recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the majority of people who end up misusing drugs got their start by taking what they could find in the medicine cabinet or drawer of a friend or family member.
That makes it increasingly important to dispose of old medication (particularly painkillers, muscle relaxers, anti-anxiety medication, ADHD meds and other stimulants) where nobody can get them. If you don’t want to dispose of the unwanted medication in your trash, your local pharmacy, police department or county may have a drop box you can use. In addition, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) periodically sponsors a National Prescription Take Back Day to collect unwanted pills.
Drug addiction can happen to anybody — and addiction can lead to poor choices. If your loved one has gotten into legal trouble over drugs, they deserve both compassion and a strong defense.