Saturday is prescription drug take-back day

Lynn Cook
April 26, 2018

Please keep drugs out of our water supply, out of our medicine cabinets and out of the hands of our children by taking advantage of this time to dispose of your prescription drugs!

"National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and health issue by providing a convenient way for citizens to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths", said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

The agency's project encourages people to anonymously bring unused medications, including opioids, to any one of 5,500 collection sites on Saturday, the 15th Take Back Day.

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Medicines collected will be disposed of safely.

Cordant's Prescription Take-Back Program, takebackprogram.org, allows patients to place their unused drugs in nondescript take-back envelopes with prepaid mailing labels and deposit in any U.S. Postal Service mailbox.

Last October Americans turned in 456 tons (912,305 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

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"Removing access to unneeded prescriptions is a key part of reducing the number of opioid overdoses", said Sue Sommer, president and CEO of Cordant. In 2014, New Mexico became the first state nationwide to provide pharmacists with prescriptive authority for Naloxone.

They will also accept medications from nursing homes. Just from 2015 to 2016, NY state saw a 32 percent increase in drug overdose deaths.

The DEA says residents should not flush drugs down the toilet or throw them into the garbage.

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