Help fight prescription drug abuse. Dispose of unused medications.
What prescription drugs do you have? Where are they kept? How old are they? Would you know if some were missing? The Clean out the Cabinet campaign focuses on educating the community about prescription drug abuse while encouraging people to properly dispose of expired or unused prescription medications.
Facts to Consider
- In 2007, unintentional prescription pain medication overdoses were the number one cause of injury deaths in Utah, even more than motor vehicle crashes.
- Six percent of Utah County residents 12 years and older have used prescription pain relievers to get high (one of the highest usage rates in the nation).
- In 2007, a record number of 519 people suffered drug-related deaths in the state of Utah. 317 of these deaths were prescription pain medication overdoses.
- One of the simplest ways to fight prescription drug abuse is to eliminate unused or expired medications.