Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
Health Care | By Terrence Lopez

Lowcountry law enforcement host National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events

Lowcountry law enforcement host National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events

Hundreds of people all over the Valley took part in National Drug Take-Back Day.

The prescription drug take-back day is one way law enforcement is fighting the opioid crisis. "Past year we had 12", said Bill Gentes of the Lake County Health Department. NJCR offers a series of programs statewide, including free family education workshops and insurance navigation community workshops.

Last October, 912,305 pounds of pills were collected nationwide.

The take back initiative only accepts pills and patches that are expired or unused; no needles or inhalers were taken.

"Unfortunately, young people who are addicted to opioids often obtain medication from the medicine cabinet of someone they know", said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

In 2017, Minnesota residents got rid of more than 44,000 pounds of unneeded medications during take back events. So, its prescribed medications, something they're not comfortable with having around the house.

Boardman Police Department filled four boxes and Canfield filled about two. "The other thing reason why we do this is we don't want it to get in the wrong hands", said Patrick Moody, Moline Officer.

A MedSafe secure disposal box also is located in the lobby of Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital.

From 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. you will be able to take unwanted or expired medications at any police precinct or fire department, no questions asked.

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