Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

National Drug Take Back Day: Sheriff's office to collect unused drugs April 28 Harrison County will offer two days of prescription drug take backs
Gustavo Carr | 24 April, 2018, 03:14

The agencies will be accepting unwanted prescription drugs from the public as part of a nationwide initiative to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially risky expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

The collection event is part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's biannual Prescription Drug Take Back Day, where the federal agency partners with local law enforcement to provide a safe environment for citizens to dispose of their medications and learn about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

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

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else's medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.

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Several Long Island institutions will take part in a nationwide effort to rid medicine cabinets across the land of unused, sometimes risky unused prescription medications.

Anyone who is unable to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender their prescription drugs at any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m., excluding holidays. During the October 2017 effort, MSP posts collected roughly 802 pounds of prescription drugs.

Prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and Morphine are in the opioid classification of prescription drugs.

There are also 23 permanent collection boxes for prescription drugs located in Chester County.