Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

National Drug Takeback Day Set For Saturday

National Drug Takeback Day Set For Saturday

According to the DEA's website, during the last take back day in May they collected almost 475 tons of prescription drugs.

Although they had only been taking drop-offs for a few hours, the department says they collected over 100 pounds of drugs.

Douglas Anders of St. Louis County said that his battle with cancer put him on several prescription drugs.

Prescription drug abuse in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses.

In 2017, 483 people in New Hampshire lost their lives to a drug-related overdose, primarily opioids. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50, who are now more likely to die from a drug overdose than from vehicle accidents or firearms, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

County Sheriff's Capt. Philip Pevehouse in February said hydrocodone is one of the most common drugs Sheriff's officials see on the streets. The program is sponsored by the DEA to combat the abuse or misuse of potentially risky medicines that have expired or are no longer needed for those whom these controlled substances were prescribed.

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The public may dispose of pills and patches at any of three events being held locally 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. on October, 27, 2018.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.

Pevehouse said he would like to see the Sheriff's Office break its record as well. You don't want to accidentally take medications you shouldn't take. A year ago they collected around 150 pounds.

As most pet parents know, our pets are generally notorious for getting into just about everything and eating anything they deem as food.

"The real goal of the whole program is not how much drugs we collect", Lane said.

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