Safely Dispose Of Your Old Prescriptions Saturday

Ellen Mills
October 29, 2017

During a White House speech on Thursday, where President Trump officially announced the opioid epidemic as a public emergency, he promoted the take back day event.

The Drug Enforcement Agency held their National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, and one of the area locations was at the Central High School parking lot in Springfield.

If you are aware of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, then you know something of what Congress had in mind when it acted in 2010 to reduce prescription drug abuse. We encourage citizens to clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in old and used prescription drugs so they can be disposed of safely. The East Hills site will accept all prescription and over-the counter drugs and substances, including "sharps" such as needles.

(The DEA can not accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative is a vital public safety and public health issue.

- The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained through family and friends. "The NTBI, now in its 7th year, has collected tens of tons of drugs from the medicine cabinets of those around the country, preventing those would use them for un-prescribed use or distribution to others".

"Flushing them down the toilet poses potential health concerns".

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

Since the program began in 2011, 151,318 pounds (75.66 tons) of drugs have been destroyed.

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