Published: Sun, April 29, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Help fight the drug epidemic with Drug Take Back Day

Help fight the drug epidemic with Drug Take Back Day

"I've known too many who've had issues with drugs, so, I want to get rid of them appropriately", said Lessard.

Last year, state officials collected more than two and a half tons of drugs at the one-day event. All MSP posts also take prescription drugs year-round, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

The drop-off location is in the East Hills Mall Parking lot in St. Joseph near the old Sears store. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

"Prescription drug abuse, specifically opioids, is a significant public health challenge in the Commonwealth today", said Dr. Daniel Carey, Secretary of Health and Human Resources.

If you missed out on Saturday's event, check your local police department. "That's why this DEA-sponsored Drug Take Back Day is so important in Ohio".

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Drug take backs have special significance in New Mexico, a state that recorded the second highest drug overdose death rate in 2014.

More than 5,600 collection sites are set up across the nation.

"Getting unused prescription drugs out of your home can stop an addiction before it starts", said Attorney General Schneiderman. Last year's event saw the collection of almost one million pounds of unused pills according to Dr. Adams.

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He says National Take Back Days have proven successful.

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