As we know, prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans. But when expired or unused medications are allowed to remain in our cabinets or in our homes, they can pose a serious health risk. Additionally, as the medication is left or forgotten, the chances of it circulating back into the public is of serious concern. A U.S. government report shows that more than half of all people who first misuse prescription drugs get them from their friends, relatives or simply take them without asking.
A nurse, is in a key position to help reduce America’s opioid epidemic. From education related to drug abuse to being an encouraging factor for patients to properly dispose of unused medication, the field of nursing has made strides in helping U.S. citizens with this devastating issue.