Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Caldwell Police to host prescription drug takeback

Caldwell Police to host prescription drug takeback

For further information call the Milford Police Crime Prevention Unit at 203-874-2366 or visit the DEA website at dea.gov and click on "National Prescription Take-Back Day".

"Prescription drugs are often mistaken by adolescents as a "safe" alternative to illegal street drugs, which leads to increased use".

The Pueblo police announced that they're holding their 2018 "Prescription Drug Take Back" day on Saturday, April 28th.

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Stony Brook University, meanwhile, is scheduled to take back unused prescription drugs during an Earth Day-related collection effort slated for Wednesday at the university's Student Activities Center.

Unused or expired medications should be disposed of properly when they are no longer needed as medicines may lose their effectiveness after the expiration date and improper use of prescription drugs can be as unsafe as illegal drug use, the AG's Office states. Opioid prescription drugs essentially have the same chemical make-up as heroin, which means they affect the brain and body the same, and the play a large role in the opioid and heroin use and overdose epidemic that our county, as well as our country, is now facing.

In 2017 DEA worked with its tribal law enforcement partners to set up 115 collection sites on tribal lands. By partnering with FBI, BIA and tribal law enforcement, the DEA was able to greatly expand tribal participation in the Take Back program.

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Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to theft, misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The agencies will be accepting unwanted prescription drugs from the public as part of a nationwide initiative to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially risky expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

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