SALT LAKE CITY – As part of a pressure to reduce opioid dependence, federal and state officials encourage Utahns to…
SALT LAKE CITY – As part of a pressure to reduce opioid dependence, federal and state officials encourage Utahns to dispose of their discontinued or unused drugs at National Prescription DrugTake BackDay on Saturday.
Fifty prescriptive drug-off sites will be made available in Utah, in addition to 133 such locations available all year round, in a flash coordinated by the US drug administration to get people to free their homes from unused pills that can serve as feed for analgesic addiction.
Utah Health Care Authorities ask that old prescription drugs be discarded at delivery points, as rinsing them on the toilet can damage the environment and pills thrown into the garbage sometimes fall within reach of someone who is addicted.
“People know you see injuries, especially if it’s still in a bottle with a label saying oxycodone,” according to Angela Stander, prescription drug o judged preventive coordinator with the state health department.
She said home storage should only be considered when important precautions are taken, such as including medications with an unwanted item like a diaper and never thrown inside the bottle they are layered in.
The additional number of delivery venues that will be available on Saturday include grocery stores , city houses and police departments and district offices. Many police offices in Utah also have shutdowns available year round.
The two-year push for a massive drug disruption is largely designed to raise awareness about the importance of not leaving unused pills at home, says Diana Graalum, Clinical Pharmacy Manager for MedSavvy, a drug consumer guide in Oregon.
“What we have is some evidence that medicinal products held as such have been used by family or friends … maybe not with knowledge of someone who had that medicine in their closet,” Graalum told Deseret News.
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4 data from the Utah Department of Health show that 74 percent of Utah’s “abusing or abusing opioids stated that they received them through a family member or friend,” says Stander.
The state’s healthcare presses to reduce exaggerated opioid prescription, she said, but patients must play a role by being responsible for what they are taking home.
“Part of that solution to the over-prescribing problem is to get rid of them,” says Stand for unused opioids.
In addition to placing addicts at risk, unused opioids sitting at an insecure home stage may also be a risk to unknown children or curious teenagers, Graalum said.
Graalum added that unused nonpainkiller prescription drugs also cause unforeseen dangers. For example, missing blood pressure or cardiac medicine may confuse a patient about the tablets they have already or have not taken.
Graalum said that people’s tendency to save old drugs could arise through the desire to “do not throw things away, not to waste,” but “what in other situations can be a good habit” is actually unsure of medicine.
Standing said that some would hold on unused medicines, “save for rainy days” but “fear (off) … abuse and overdose should be greater.”
“We know statistically that there is a higher risk than returning to pain and not having anything (for that)” she said.
Lisa Nichols, Executive Director of Public Health for Intermountain Healthcare, said for opioids that must be kept at home due to active use, theft is best protected by storing them in a locked cabinet and keeping an inventory of how much medication is available. 19659002] Intermountain, which has created 25 year-round drop-o ff sites in pharmacies around the state, and 14 elsewhere with different partners have collected 22,000 pounds of prescription drugs released in the last 18 months, Nichols said.
In Utah, Nichols said: “I think it’s really a growing awareness of the risk of prescription opioids and the need to safely store and divest prescription drugs.”
The US Drug Administration Administration coordinates the national prescription drug takeback day held each April and October as part of its major 360-strategic initiative – a campaign aimed at confronting opioid dependence by focusing on “law enforcement, redirection and community outbreaks”. The agency says that 6.2 million Americans abused prescription drugs 2016.
“We have) had a significant amount of pills that have been returned” on designated recovery days, “says Ciara Gregovich, a coordinator for Drug Administration Drugs Coordinator.
Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox announced this month that there were 237 prescription deaths in the state of 2017, although that number has decreased for three consecutive years.
In addition, there were 159 lethal overdose deaths associated with heroin in Utah 2017, representing the first reduction of these types of deaths in the state in seven years. Utah was one of only nine states where overdose deaths for excessive overdose have decreased from 2016 to 2017.
Those who want to find prescription drug interruptions, whether available all year long or just this coming Saturday can do it at www.utahtakeback.com .org / collection.php.