By: Bethany Winkel
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The Benefits of Holding Drug Take Back Days
Communities across the country are hosting drug take back days in the hopes of decreasing prescription drug abuse. These events are being held at police stations, hospitals, and community centers, places where people can easily go to drop off their prescription medications and know they are being disposed of properly.
One of the ways prescription painkiller addicts obtain their drugs is from family members, friends, and neighbors who use the medications under the care of a doctor. Many people have found it is easy to sneak into someone’s medicine cabinet and help themselves to a host of prescription opiates. Those who use painkillers for legitimate reasons and have pills left over often don’t know how to safely dispose of the pills. If they don’t do anything and leave the pills stashed away at home, the pills could end up in the wrong hands.
The DEA has announced that it will once again sponsor a national drug take back day. This event not only helps get rid of unwanted prescription painkillers, but it helps create awareness for the issue of opiate addiction, which has skyrocketed in recent years. This year’s event is scheduled for September 26, and will take place in secure locations across the country.
Senator Shelley Moore led the coalition that persuaded the DEA to continue holding this annual event. “They do it very well, they know what they’re doing. They know how to dispose of the prescriptions. It’s something we can all rally around as a nation, as a national day. And so I’m glad that they’ve brought this back,” Capito said.
You can learn more about the national drug take back day here.