By Yasmine Hung, Youth Substance Use Prevention Coordinator @ Healthy Chelsea
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends — and the home medicine cabinet. Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.
Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs.