'Drug Take Back' Day Aims To Prevent Prescription Abuse And Water Pollution

29 April, 2018, 00:09 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Saturday is Drug Take Back Day, your chance to fight the opioid epidemic

Americans can drop off their unused prescription drugs at thousands of pre-approved locations across the United States.

In addition to disposal of unwanted prescriptions, Take Back Day also raises awareness of how we can all prevent drug abuse and water pollution by disposing of old drugs safely.

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According to the DEA, during last year's take-back day, law enforcement agencies nationwide helped collect over 900,000 pounds of undesired prescription drugs. Prescription opioid painkillers, when abused, have similar effects to those of heroin and other illicit opioids, and an estimated 80 percent of people using heroin began by misusing prescription opioids.

New Yorkers who are unsure of how to properly dispose of prescription drugs will now have a new online option. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 9 million pounds-more than 4,500 tons-of pills.

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On Saturday, Arlington police officers spoke with residents at the Langston-Brown Community Center as they dropped off bags.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is hosted twice a year, in April and in October. "Together, we can stem the tide of addiction and ensure that every Ohioan can reach their God-given potential". "Drugs that are left at home unused in medicine cabinets are fertile ground for abuse".

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While such efforts should mitigate overprescribing in Taos County, the county's overdose death rate, in part driven by prescription pill abuse, still exceeds national and state averages. "It's important to keep those medications out of people's medicine cabinets where they could be diverted", she said.

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