SWEETWATER COUNTY — The 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue, is scheduled to take place tomorrow.
According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet, according to information from the Green River Police Department.
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
“It’s important to keep our own homes safe by regularly cleaning out medicine cabinets and any other areas where we store our pharmaceuticals,” DEAA Acting Administrator D. Christopher Evans said in a press release. “Bringing unused or expired medications to a local collection site for safe disposal helps protect your loved ones and the environment.”
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse, according to information from the Rock Springs Police Department.
Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision. The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America, according to a press release from the program.
The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends — and the home medicine cabinet, according to the RSPD.
Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs.
But if a program is not available:
• Take the meds out of their bottles;
• Mix them with something unappealing like used kitty litter or coffee grounds;
• Seal them in a bag or disposable container, and throw that away.
For more information on prescription drug abuse, go to:
Green River Drop Off Location
Smith’s Food & Drug Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Rock Springs Drop off Locations
Walmart and Smiths, Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For those unable to make it to a drop-off location on Saturday, there is a drop box located in the lobby of the RSPD, 221 C Street, that is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is easy, there are no questions asked, and only takes a minute to drop them off.
We ask that only prescription medications be dropped off. No Sharps please.
For more information or to find other drop off locations visit: https://takebackday.dea.gov/…