Dispose of unwanted medications April 28 - National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

26 April, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Joshua Bennett
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The 15th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day takes place this Saturday.

Van Renterghem said not just seniors, but all persons should keep prescription medication store in a locked/secure storage unit to prevent small children from coming into contact with them and to prevent the medication from being stolen. This service is free and anonymous.

Moreover, he added, the two Drug Take Back Days in 2017 resulted in the Cecil County drop-off sites collecting a combined 541 pounds of unwanted and expired prescription medications, which marked a 115 percent increase from the 2016 totals.

"Medicines no longer being used may pose grave and unnecessary dangers to families and the people visiting their homes".

Last fall, Americans dropped off a record-setting 912,305 pounds, or 456 tons, of expired and unwanted drugs at more than 5,300 collection sites.


In 2014, over 1,700 young adults died from a prescription drug overdose. In 2014, New Mexico became the first state nationwide to provide pharmacists with prescriptive authority for Naloxone. The EPA has also advised that in cities where homes are connected to wastewater treatment plants, drugs that get flushed can pass through the treatment system and make their way into rivers and lakes and into drinking supplies.

There are no other prescription drug take back events in Cumberland County listed on the DEA's website. Just from 2015 to 2016, NY state saw a 32 percent increase in drug overdose deaths.

Dowell said the collection targets controlled substances such as opioids for pain relief and benzodiazepines for anxiety.

According to CDC, opioid overdose deaths are rising at an alarming rate.

Prescription drug abuse is an ever-growing epidemic not only in Chester County, but across the nation.

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