Take Back The Night
By: Kristina M. Smith, Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Coordinator
Have you ever heard a song that means one thing, but it really means something different to you? You know, you hear a song about a lost loved one, but it just comes to you at the right time and you associate that song with a bad break-up or a fall-out with a friend. It happens. I do it with songs all the time, but one that is relatively recent is Justin Timberlake’s “Take Back the Night.” (The meaning of that song isn’t our topic of discussion today, but if it’s something you do need to talk about I’m more than happy to lend a listening ear and some free, professional advice.) Have you ever heard of a DEA Drug Take Back event?Every time I think of the event I think of J.T. and “Take Back the Night.” A DEA Drug Take Back event is a designated day that businesses and organizations set up safe places for people to drop off their unused and unnecessary medications. From there they are safely transported to a disposal facility. Why would I get rid of my medicine, you ask? Let’s talk about that for a minute.
Let’s say you have fallen and broken your leg. You are rushed to the hospital where your bone is set correctly and you are casted and medicated for pain. The pain medicine you’ve been prescribed can be addicting. Any medicine that is used improperly can be addicting, and this is not a good thing. So, you go home and take your pain medicine just as you are prescribed day in and day out. The pain subsides over time and you heal. Hooray! Now you have a nice tan line above the place where your cast was and you swear you’ll never wear shorts again until you even out. You also have a full bottle of pain medicine that your mom recently refilled, but you’re tough and you didn't need it after all.