A recent survey commissioned by Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) reports that 89% of patients who keep their unused prescription opioids save them for future use. This statistic highlights the need to educate the public on the safe use and disposal of prescription opioids to ensure they do not end up in the wrong hands. Other highlights from the survey include:
- Approximately 62 percent said their healthcare provider or pharmacist has not talked to them about safe storage or disposal of prescription opioids.
- Nearly 70 percent said they would be more likely to safely store prescription opioids after talking to a healthcare provider or pharmacist.
- Approximately 36 percent said they did not know they needed to dispose of leftover prescription opioids.
- Nearly 30 percent said they did not know how to safely dispose of opioids
“Pharmacists are on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic — working to educate patients around the proper use, storage and disposal of opioids every time they pick up or refill a prescription,” said Rebecca Snead, NASPA’s Executive Vice President and CEO, and AAOA member, said in the press release. “Helping patients and their families understand the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids is critical to ensuring that these medicines are being used as intended.”
And don’t forget that the DEA’s National Prescription Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28. More Information