Holders in the St Louis region will be able to discard unwanted and discard prescription drugs on dozens of local…
Holders in the St Louis region will be able to discard unwanted and discard prescription drugs on dozens of local police departments this Saturday.
The twice-yearly National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, held in cities across the country, aims to reduce drug abuse. The US Drug Administration, which traces the program, estimates that they have collected more than 9.9 million pounds of prescription drugs since 2010.
Brandon Costerison, with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in St. Petersburg. Louis said that many people feel “helpless and confused” when it comes to disposing of prescription drugs safely.
Rinse prescription drugs into the toilet contaminating rivers, lakes and drinking water. Experts are also careful against chucking drugs in the trash bin, where young children can find them and eat them by mistake.
Kostarison lacks a convenient way of disposing of medicines, people can throw them away in their medical cupboards, where they can fall into hide hands.
“Most people are not aware when a friend or family member has a substance use and they can inadvertently contribute to it by getting these medicines available,” he said.
Of the estimated 1
0.7 million people who abuse prescription painkillers every year, more than half report they received drugs from a friend or family member.
Amy Tiemeier, Associate Professor of Pharmacy at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, saying that rejecting old or unnecessary prescription drugs can also help prevent accidental poisoning.
“The less medicine you have in your house, the less chance you will have a child or pet that gets into it,” said Tiemeier. “You can even have an older adult in the house who can try to take a medicine at night and accidentally take it wrong.”
The Dea Drug Program, which began in 2008, is free and anonymous. Residents are advised to release pills and patches in approved places – no questions.
The program can not accept needles, sharps or liquid medicines.
Residents Missing Drug Take Back Day Can Also Throw Prescription Drugs anonymously
If You Go:
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Where: ] St. Louis area police departments, list available here
When: 10.00 to 14.00, Saturday 27th October
Cost : Free
If you or someone you know struggle with substance use, contact Substance Abuse and Human Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or local National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse-St. Louis Area (NCADA) at 314-962-3456.
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