Drug overdose caused a record 64,000 deaths in 2016, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. According to the U.S. Attorney General, the 2016 estimate “would be the highest drug death toll and the fastest increase in that death toll in American history.”

A recent public health study found that more than half of individuals who are prescribed an opioid pain medication never finish the prescription. Another U.S. government report shows that more than 70 percent of people who first misuse prescription drugs get them from their friends, relative or simply take them without asking. Attacking the problem of prescription drug abuse takes a multi-faceted effort. Here is what you can do to help.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that the 14th National Prescription Take-Back Day will be Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means to prescription drug disposal, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

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