According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs . The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. Since older adults are often prescribed multiple medications, they are at increased risk of inadvertently becoming part of the illicit drug trade. Properly disposing of unused and unneeded prescription medicines greatly reduces the potential that they will wind up in the wrong hands and cause harm. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Take Back Day event to be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, provides an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. Visit DEATakeBack.com to learn more and find a collection site near you.