State Police urges people to participate in National Prescription Drug Takeback Day

October 28, 2017 - 9:40 am
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WWL.com Reporting

National Prescription Drug Takeback day is Saturday. State Police are helping bring awareness to the potential for medication abuse by offering a way to get rid of unused prescriptions. A Journal of the American Medical Association study recently revealed 42% of prescribed medicine for post surgical pain was not used and 67% of patients had leftover medicine. 

"A lot of the people obtain those medications that were left in the home that are unused and they find them in the medicine cabinets and get those from family members," said State Trooper Bryan Lee. 
 
900,000 pounds worth of prescription drugs were turned in during last year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Lee says the number could go higher if others were aware of the prescriptions they may have that they forgot about.
 
"A lot of times things will start to stack up and you don't really go back and look at expiration dates or say hey this is something I'm not using."
 
The Centers for Disease Control say over 33-thousand people died in 2015 from overdoses on opioids. Even if you can’t participate Saturday, Lee says there are locations available any time.
 
"Each state police troop has a drop off location that you can drop off medications pretty much any day of the week  Also if you visit DEA's website, they have a list of drop off locations." 

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