Longview Anti-Drug Coalition taking back unused prescription drugs Saturday

Longview Anti-Drug Coalition taking back unused prescription drugs Saturday

Longview Anti-Drug Coalition taking back unused prescription drugs Saturday

Take Back events allow people with unused or expired prescription medication to dispose of them in a safe way, according to Sheriff Jim Stubbs.

This service is completely anonymous, and prescriptions can be dropped off with no questions asked. Removing these drugs from home will also decrease the likelihood residents will become dependent upon them or use them outside of a doctor's recommended guidelines.

"We want to get these (unused prescription drugs) out of the house", said Joe Spencer, exalted leader of the Carlisle Elks Lodge 578.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from a home medicine cabinet.

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Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

The agency will set up collection sites in New Orleans from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. with the police departments at Xavier University (3801 S. Carrolton Ave.), Tulane University's Uptown campus (Gibson Hall, 6823 St Charles Ave.), and Southern University of New Orleans (6400 Press Dr). The Take-Back initiative is one of several strategies to reduce prescription drug abuse and diversion in the nation. "Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs".

It's time to clean out the medicine cabinet and dispose of any unwanted drugs so they can't fall into the wrong hands.

"Daniel R. Salter, the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Division, commented, "DEA's fourteenth Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign was a huge success both locally and nationally".

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