RX Drug Take Back is April 28

The Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition (MADC) and the Drug Enforcement Administration will be holding a free event designed to rid homes of of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The RX Drug Take Back is a free event, that will be held Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Meridian (520 S. Eagle Road), take the west entrance off Eagle Road.
 
Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills. 
 
“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue,” said Kendall Nagy, MADC Director.  “Medicines kept in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high and the same is true here in our community. It is important you safely dispose of unused medications and lock up the ones you need to keep in your home.”

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. 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—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com

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