The program allows people to remove potentially unsafe medications from their homes and dispose of them safely. Kinney Drugs Director of Patient Outcomes Doctor Shannon Miller says prescription drug abuse has been a big factor in the opioid crisis.
In advance of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26th.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.More news: White House to cancel two newspaper subscriptions
All 16 Kentucky State Police Posts will be acting as collection sites and will be open from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. on October 26. 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).
DEA and law enforcement can not accept devices containing lithium ion batteries. I would encourage everyone to take a few minutes out of your weekend to clean out your medicine cabinet and bring your unneeded prescription drugs to be disposed of. The medications that are being misused or abused are most likely easily accessible.
This Saturday, the Montgomery County Harm Reduction Coalition will host the biannual Prescription Drug Takeback event from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m.in the Montgomery County Courthouse parking lot. If medications are flushed, they can contaminate the water supply.More news: China, US: Beijing Offers $20 Billion in Agricultural Purchases
The left-over medication you might still have in the cabinet for that head ache or back pain is a hazard for drug misuse and abuse. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
"The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue", the DEA says.More news: Tom Brady doesn't know what the future holds with Patriots