Mission Statement


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Prescription drug abuse is a problem in our country. The 2007 National Study of Drug Use and Health found that 70% of people who abuse prescription pain relievers indicated they got them from friends or relatives, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that upwards of 9 million people use prescription medication for non-medical uses. 

The American Medicine Chest Challenge is a community based public health initiative, with law enforcement partnership, designed to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and provide a nationwide day of disposal – at a collection site or in the home - of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine that will be held on the second Saturday of November each year in communities across the country.

The American Medicine Chest Challenge provides a unified national, statewide, and local focus to the issue of medicine abuse by children and teens. It is designed to generate unprecedented media attention to the issue of prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse and to challenge all Americans to take the 5 Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:

  • Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
  •  Secure your medicine chest.
  •  Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine in your home or at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site.
  • Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
  • Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse... they are listening.

This initiative is provided without cost to any community, government, or law enforcement agency in the country.