Sheriff's Dept. participating in Drug Take Back Day

by Antonio Miles April 29, 2018, 0:04
Sheriff's Dept. participating in Drug Take Back Day

The DEA has identified more than5,000locations across the USA where people can safely dispose of unused prescription drugs.

Google is also adding a link to its search page for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day that will provide information on curbing the opioid epidemic.

They are encouraging you to drop off unused, expired, or unwanted prescription drugs at locations around the state participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

In Minnesota a year ago, 395 people died of opioids, of which 194 were from prescription opioids.

Drop-off points for unused prescription drugs are available year-round in Taos County at Questa Police Department, Taos Pueblo Police Department and Taos Police Department.

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The last National Take Back Day collected 456 tons of prescription drugs from 5,321 sites across the country.

Thousands of pounds of prescription drugs were taken off the streets thanks to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Drugs are being accepted at local state police barracks, as well as at the Torrington Police Department. It does not accept liquids or needles. "We must take every step we can to stop this from happening". That included over-the-counter medications, prescription heart and cholesterol drugs and controlled substances.

Schimel says research shows 70 percent of heroin users in the state started by abusing prescription drugs.

The U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams says the unused opioids are a killer found in medicine cabinets. Prescription drugs are intended only for the person to whom they are prescribed, and when those medications are misplaced, forgotten about, or unaccounted for, they can become a danger to others.

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