Francis hosting prescription drug takeback

MTSU offers prescription drug take-back event April 24

Longview Anti-Drug Coalition taking back unused prescription drugs Saturday

Drug Take-Back Day is an initiative that started seven years ago in an effort to reduce the rates of prescription drug abuse as well as the number of accidental poisonings from these drugs.

From 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at the Longview Police Department building (1351 Hudson Street), the Coalition is hosting a prescription drug take-back event, according to a press release. This service is free and anonymous. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Juneau Police Department, 8 a.m. -4 p.m., Monday through Friday; Lomira Police Department, 8 a.m. -7 p.m., Monday-Friday; Mayville Police Department, 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m., Monday Friday; Watertown Police Department, 24 hours a day and seven days a week; and Waupun Police Department 7:30 a.m. -4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

"We are not trying to make a drug case against somebody that is trying to do the right thing and get rid of these unused prescription drugs", says Byerley. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - pose potential safety and health hazards. The CDC reports that one person dies every 19 minutes from a drug overdose in the USA through prescription pain killers.

"We're absolutely in the middle of a public health epidemic with opioids", said Katherine Neale, Follow Our Lead program director.

"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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