As part of its effort to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, the Food and Drug Administration has launched a campaign to encourage Americans to safely remove and dispose of unused prescription opioids from their homes.
Through its “Remove the Risk” initiative, FDA hopes to decrease unnecessary exposure to opioids and prevent addiction. Opioids are powerful pain relievers that – when misused or abused – can lead to addiction, overdose and death.
Drug poisoning is the No. 1 cause of unintentional death in the United States, according to the National Safety Council. Each day, more than 100 people die from opioid drugs, many of which are prescribed. Additionally, 70% of people who have abused opioids reported getting the drugs from friends or relatives, despite the fact that opioid sharing is a felony.
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