Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

MPS to offer prescription drug take back event on Saturday

MPS to offer prescription drug take back event on Saturday

Four out of five new heroin users start with prescription medications; the take-back program makes a difference. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, as well as from home medicine cabinets.

What if I miss Take Back Day? Each year, Rutledge partners with a number of agencies in hosting the Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit, a free training and educational opportunity for law enforcement officers, medical professionals, pharmacists and educators.

As per the search giant, they teamed up with the DEA to introduce the feature previously to the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 28, which is planned to stimulate individuals to take the surplus prescription to disposal locations. More than 60,000 pounds of the disposed medications were from Texas. When drugs are combined with warm water inside the bags, the drugs are deactivated and dissolved, so they can't be misused and are safe to throw out. Using the collections sites ensures your unwanted pills are not used improperly and will be destroyed in an environmentally friendly manner.

"Take Back Day helps to keep drugs out of the hands of abusers and potentially save lives by removing unused painkillers and controlled drugs from homes", said DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson.

When the results of the 14 DEA Take Back Days for the PNW are combined, DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners removed 402,928 pounds (201.4 tons) of medication from circulation. The Bucyrus Police Department, 500 S. Sandusky Ave., also is taking part.

"Far too many times we hear of youth dying because of drug addictions and overdose". An investigator with the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force says prescription drug abuse affects everyone, whether they realize it or not. "Longer term, we're working with the DEA and state governments to gather data on year-round take back options for future Google Maps integration".

As leading technology companies are being more closely scrutinized for the roles they play in the spread of information and exchange of illicit products, Google's involvement in the DEA's project has become more apparent.

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