Got Unused Medicines? Drug Take-Back Day Is Saturday

Michele Moreno
October 27, 2017

Razza, who was promoted to Deputy Chief back in August when Parrillo retired and took on a new position of Director of Personnel for the city of Cranston, said, "Too often, unused drugs find their way into the wrong hands and that's very, very unsafe".

Opioids - prescription and illicit - are the main driver of drug overdose deaths.

"Medicines that just sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse", said Shelly Kelly, DHEC's director of health regulations.

The Drug Enforcement Administration safely destroys the drugs that are collected.

The goal of the event is to eliminate prescription drug abuse by turning in expired or unused prescription drugs with no questions asked.

Despite the increase in national attention on the opioid overdose epidemic, perception of harm of misusing painkiller has declined in Socorro County, according to convenience survey data collected from about 300 residents annually over the past four years. There will also be collections at the Ely Police Department and Nett Lake Police Department as their departments are participating. The DEA can only accept pills or patches, not liquids, needles or sharps.

"The majority of prescription drug abusers say they get their drugs free from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet", he said. Take-back hours vary by agency.

In April, Americans turned in 450 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 at the state and local level. The DEA says so far the events have resulted in more than 8.1 million pounds of pills being turned in.

"You hear many times, people have knee surgeries and things like that and they're issued several weeks of opioids and they don't use them and they want to get rid of them".

Charleston County: The Charleston County Sheriff's Office will collect prescription medication at its Law Enforcement Center at 3691 Leeds Ave.; and at Vincent Drug Store at 110 Planted Row Lane from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Start going through your cabinets now.

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