National prescription drug take-back event

Joy Montgomery
October 26, 2017

There will be three locations in the area participating in the event: The Potter County Sheriff's Office, Texas Tech School of Pharmacy and the Randall County Sheriff's Office.

The semi-annual collection of unused prescription meds and other drugs takes place this Saturday at mainly law enforcement facilities in the Northwoods. Liquids, needles and other sharps will not be accepted. (The DEA can not accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The police department has a 24-hour Kiosk or takes back collection box located in their lobby where anyone can drop-off expired or unused medication.

Both sites will be accepting medications from 10:00 2:00 p.m.

Local law enforcement authorities are teaming up in support of a Drug Take Back campaign this Saturday.

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According to The Surgeon's General Report, opioid analgesic pain relievers are now the most prescribed class of medications in the United States, with more than 289 million prescriptions written each year.

During the last Drug Take Back Day in April, 900,386 pounds (450 tons) of prescription drugs were collected. This initiative addresses a public safety and public health issue.

"The abuse of these prescription drugs has fueled the nation's opioid epidemic, which has led to the largest rate of overdose deaths this country has ever seen". Flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can contaminate water and pose health hazards.

"Please clean out your medicine cabinets and make your home safe from potential drug theft and abuse", Galvan said.

Andover: Dispose of medication at West Elementary School in the front driveway, 58 Beacon St.

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