NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION TAKE BACK DAY OCTOBER 2018

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NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION TAKE BACK DAY

OCTOBER 2018

October 19, 2018

El Paso, TX – On Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted medications. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau is partnering with DEA on this initiative by opening the three Patrol Stations from 10 am to 2 pm for the public to drop off their unwanted medications. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles, only pills or patches.)

· East Montana Patrol Station – 12501 Montana Ave.

· Clint Patrol Station – 190 San Elizario Rd.

· Northwest Patrol Station – 435 E. Vinton Rd, Suite D.

This past April, Americans turned in 475 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,842 sites operated by the DEA and 4,683 state and local law enforcement partners. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines unattended in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Year after year the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are secretly obtained from family and friends. In addition, Americans are now advised 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.

TAKE BACK

Published 19 October 2018 05:22 PM by leantunez

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