Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics

: 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 217--218

Drugs on Saturday to combat "Prescription drug abuse"

G Sivagnanam 
 Section Editor, JPP, India

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G Sivagnanam
Department of Pharmacology, Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Kadhirkamam, Puducherry

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Sivagnanam G. Drugs on Saturday to combat "Prescription drug abuse".J Pharmacol Pharmacother 2011;2:217-218

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News release: [1] US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), April 19, 2011

"Got Drugs?" is a drive by US DEA calling its citizens to dispose of unused prescription drugs on April 30, 2011, Saturday. More than 5300 sites were established for this nationwide free event in an effort to prevent pill abuse and theft. The idea is to collect expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs that languish at home which are potentially dangerous.


"Prescription drug abuse" is a more common problem than the abuse of illegal substances. Evidences point that our home front (India) is the main source of drugs sold through illegally operating Internet pharmacies. [2]

Apart from creating a fertile field for the development of antimicrobial resistance, other potentially harmful consequences range from sleep disturbances to death.

It is right time that the government takes effective measures to check prescription drugs sold as over the counter drugs. Public awareness through mass education is another untouched area.


1Available from: [Last accessed on 2011 May 3].
2UN panel: Prescription drug abuse becoming a global problem Available from:,un-panel-prescription-drug-abuse-becoming-a-global-problem.html [Last accessed on 2011 May 3].