Dispose Of Prescription Drugs At DEA 'Take Back' Events On Saturday

Grant Boone
October 24, 2019

Left over prescription drugs in people's homes that are abused are just one factor behind the toll of America's opioid epidemic. While opioid medications are an important tool for acute pain control, numerous prescription pills often go unused, but remain in homes and medicine cabinets making them vulnerable accidents, misuse, abuse or diversion (the non-medical use of legally prescribed medications).

Heroin overdose deaths jumped by more than 1,056 percent between 2010 and 2018, from 48 to 555.

According to a release, there is a strong link between the misuse of prescription opioids, opioid addictions, and subsequent use of heroin once prescriptions become too expensive or are no longer accessible.

You can safely and responsibly dispose of unused medications at designated collection sites.Twice a year, Take Back Day gathers thousands of pounds of prescription drugs and helps to prevent drug abuse and misuse across the United States.

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The DEA says vaping products will be taken, except any devices containing lithium-ion batteries.

What harm can be caused by keeping old prescriptions and other medications around the house?

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office will collect the vaping devices and unwanted medicines and prescriptions for free from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Sheriff's Office at 940 New Salem Highway, said Sgt. Robert Dowell. Unused medications thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. "The DEA's website has a search tool that will allow you to find a medication disposal option in your community". "National Drug Take-Back Day is an important part of opioid abuse prevention", said Representative Trey Hollingsworth.

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