This Saturday, April 24th, is the next National Take Back Day. Please consider properly disposing of any unused opioids (or other medications) that may be living in your home. Permanent take back boxes can be found at:
- Boulder Community Health Emergency Department
- 4747 Arapahoe Ave.
- Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
- 5600 Flatiron Pkwy (off of 55th street)
- CU – Boulder Police Department
- 1050 Regent Dr.
- Genoa Pharmacy
- 975 North St.
These take back boxes are available year round.
As we all know, there is an Opioid crisis in our community and across our nation. The statistics are shocking.
- In 2017, nearly 72,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States.
- The problem knows no regional, gender, age, income or other bounds – a true epidemic.
- Deaths are only the tip of the iceberg – for every 1 death there are 825 non-medical users. Non-medical use is defined as not used as prescribed by a medical provider.
So, where are non-medical users getting the opioids?
- 71.2% obtained from friend or relative
- 17.3% prescribed by a doctor but not used as prescribed
- 4.4% got from a drug dealer or stranger
- 7.1% other source
As we can see, a significant majority of the opioids that are being misused are sourced from leftovers that are sitting in people’s homes unused. Many of us are guilty of saving these medications, just in case we might need them in the future.
What can we do about it? Clean out your medicine cabinets! Left over opioids are not only a danger to your family, but to everyone who enters your home. The extra medication can be taken by your children, their friends or even workers, such as plumbers or cleaners. By properly disposing of these extra prescriptions, we can limit access to medications and help curb their abuse.
Thank you taking this important step to help improve the safety of our community.
Alison Levine, MD The Pediatric Center is happy to welcome Dr. Alison Levine to our practice. Dr. Levine joined our group in December, 2020.
Dr. Levine completed her pediatric training in Pittsburgh, PA. She has extensive experience in both primary and hospital care. Additional information can be found here.
Patient-Centered Medical Home The Pediatric Center has been recognized by the National Committee of Quality Assurance as a top level Patient-Centered Medical Home. This highly regarded certification was granted to our office following an comprehensive two year application process. We are the only pediatric practice in the Boulder area to have achieved this recognition. Additional information can be found here.