Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

25 April, 2018, 16:12 | Author: Angelica Greene
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The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office will take unused and expired medications Saturday from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at its administrative building, 300 Brownswitch Road in Slidell, and the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex, 2070 Collins Blvd., in Covington.

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The event's objective is to "provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications", according to officials. This service is free and anonymous. Medicines left unused in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse, a sheriff's office news release said.

Citizens can also take advantage of the prescription drug drop-box located in the lobby of the police department 24/7, 365 days a year.

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In the past, it was commonplace to just simply toss old or unwanted medications in the trash or flush them down the toilet.

"We'll meet you out there and you hand them off to us", said Deputy Chief Brandon Russell. The CDC reports that one person dies every 19 minutes from a drug overdose in the US through prescription pain killers.

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The average age of first use for non-medical use of prescription medications in Pontotoc County is 13 years, according to local youth surveys. Only pills and patches can be turned in; no liquids, needles or sharp objects will be accepted, and identifying information should be removed before turning them in.


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