Gateway: How to Safely Dispose Your Unwanted Presciption Meds
1 in 7 high school students reported misusing
prescription opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Study.
are able to obtain prescription medication in a variety ways. One of the
main avenues is through a written prescription following a surgery.
Recent research found that young people who received an opioid
prescription following a dental surgery were more
likely to later be diagnosed with opioid misuse than their
counterparts who did not receive a prescription. One of the most common
surgeries people have in their life is the removal of their wisdom teeth,
which many people undergo while they are young. In many cases, this is
their first exposure to painkillers. Knowing and understanding the signs and symptoms of prescription drug misuse during
this time is extremely important.
In addition to procuring painkillers after being prescribed them, many
are able to take or steal medication through a family member or friend.
Easy access to prescription drugs has played a major role in the current
opioid crisis and this type of access makes them more susceptible to an
opioid use disorder.
Since 1968 our goal has been
straightforward: to help clients get their life back on track and achieve
a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness,
that is productive, socially responsible and healthy. Gateway
Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the country
that specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, providing
treatment for men, women, adolescents and clients diagnosed with
co-occurring mental health disorders.
Gateway's professional clinicians help thousands of individuals
successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan that
treats the underlying causes of substance abuse—not just addiction to
drugs or alcohol.
Call 877.505.HOPE (4673) to learn more about our treatment