South Dakota taking part in prescription drug take back program

25 April, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Sally Reid
  • Jim Wright Chief County Marshal

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Residents can bring pills and patches for disposal. This service is free and anonymous, as no questions will be asked.

According to police, non-medical prescription drugs are the second most commonly used drug in the country, preceded only by marijuana.

"This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue", police said in a press release. Studies show that most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family members or friends.

It will soon be easier for people to get rid of unneeded prescription drugs in South Dakota. 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. "We know that opioid abuse often starts with drugs from the medicine cabinet, not the streets". If they are flushed, they can contaminate the water supply. "This Take Back Day event is a great way for clinicians, hospitals, and the public to do their part together, but it must be combined with sustained efforts on all other days of the year to use opioid medicines appropriately and dispose of unused doses promptly". The event will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 9am to noon.

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There will be an area in the lot set up as a drive-through service.

The goal is to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, said Jean Hammack, the public education coordinator at the Nebraska Regional Poison Center. They will not be able to accept any needles. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.

The initiative especially targets opioid prescriptions before they can be misused, abused or accidentally ingested.

Altoona will be participating in its first-ever drug take back event from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m. Saturday at its police station, 1904 Spooner Ave.

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