Published: Sun, October 29, 2017
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

October 28-National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 28-National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The one-day "take-back" effort will be held at every post in the state from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

The opioid drug crisis - now a "public health emergency" by order of the president - is testament to how hard this work is. The initiative's objective is to collect and properly dispose of medications, particularly prescriptions, to ensure they aren't abused.

The department asks that you avoid dropping off any needles or liquids and any unwanted pills should be put in a clear sealable bag.

The police departments will accept unwanted prescription drugs year-round.

They partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to safely collect and discard medications.

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Those unable to get out to the event on Saturday should go onto the website: www.takebackday.dea.gov, where information is available on the proper disposal of unused medicines, Pomeroy said.

Attorney General Hunter, who is leading the state's battle to combat the opioid epidemic, said getting rid of unused medication prevents others from accessing them, in turn averting potential drug addiction or overdose deaths.

This initiative is a vital public safety and public health issue. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The goal is to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially unsafe expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Last April, Americans turned in more than 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs.

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