The Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program is a collaborative effort between local pharmacies, police departments, officials, and students.
The purpose is to educate the public about the harm done to the environment due to the current prescription and non-prescription drug disposal practices and to provide them with an alternative way of disposal.
Why is P2D2 important?
Many pharmaceuticals are getting past our waste water treatment plants and getting into our drinking water. Scientists with the United States Geological Society conducted a study of over 130 rivers, streams, and other waterways in the U.S. and found the following pharmaceuticals in over 80 percent of those tested:
Birth control pills
P2D2 Drug Abuse Facts
Nearly 7 million Americans are abusing prescription drugs.
Prescription pain relievers are new drug users’ drug of choice, vs. marijuana or cocaine.
Opioid painkillers now cause more drug overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined.
Nearly 1 in 10 high school seniors admits to abusing powerful prescription painkillers.
A shocking 40 percent of teens and an almost equal number of their parents think abusing prescription painkillers is safer than abusing "street" drugs.
Misuse of painkillers represents three-fourths of the overall problem of prescription drug abuse; hydrocodone is the most commonly diverted and abused controlled pharmaceutical in the U.S.
Twenty-five percent of drug-related emergency department visits are associated with abuse of prescription drugs.
Methods of acquiring prescription drugs for abuse include “doctor-shopping,” traditional drug-dealing, theft from homes, illicitly acquiring prescription drugs via the Internet, and from friends or relatives.
1 in 5 teens has abused a prescription (Rx) pain medication.
1 in 5 report abusing prescription stimulants and tranquilizers.