Louis County residents help fight opioid addiction with prescription take back day

Alicia Farmer
October 30, 2018

The event, organized nationally by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, brings together local law enforcement, community groups, and families for the common goal of safely and securely disposing potentially risky expired, unused, or unwanted medications.

Numerous locations who participated in the Drug Take Back Day have drop boxes so that people can drop off medications anytime in the day or night.

A 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.

Saturday was National Drug Rake back day.

According to the DEA's website, earlier this year it collected and destroyed close to one million pounds-and almost 475 tons of potentially risky expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

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Anyone could come by and hand over drugs to the officer efficiently with no questions asked.

It's a chance for those with unused or expired medication to leave it with police so it can be properly disposed. The drop-off locations can not accept needles, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy or radioactive substances or pressurized canisters like asthma inhalers.Naloxone rescue kits are also available without a prescription at Intermountain Healthcare pharmacies and at participating Associated Foods Store pharmacies. "Proper disposal of unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription medications helps not only protect our environment, but more importantly, saves lives".

Officials were set up all over the county collecting them because it is never okay to throw them in the trash or flush them down the toilet. Participants are encouraged to remove labels or black-out information beforehand.

You'll be able to drop off unwanted prescription medication at several locations across Michiana on Saturday. Expired drugs may have lost their effectiveness and therefore no longer be a safe and adequate treatment for the conditions for which they were prescribed.

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