Results of the 2015-2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that more than half of people who misused prescription painkillers got them from a friend or relative, and more than a third obtained them from a doctor.
The event is being run as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's National Drug Take Back Day.
During the fall of 2017, the public turned in 456 tons of prescription drugs, at more than 5,300 sites that were operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its local and tribal partners.
To combat the misuse of drugs, national drug take-back day is this Saturday. The 15th annual event will be held from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.
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In our area you can drop off Prescription drugs at Kentucky State Police Post 1 in Hickory.
Van Renterghem said not just seniors, but all persons should keep prescription medication store in a locked/secure storage unit to prevent small children from coming into contact with them and to prevent the medication from being stolen. "Unused and expired medications pose a real opportunity to those seeking to use them illegally". The city of Mankato does provide a self-serve anonymous drug disposal drop box service year-round, 24/7.
Residents are encouraged to bring their unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications to the Dearborn Police Station, 16099 Michigan Ave. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses caused by these drugs. If you can't make it to a take back event, visit www.countitlockitdropit.org to find a drop-off box near you.