Swampscott offers disposal of unwanted prescription drugs

Swampscott offers disposal of unwanted prescription drugs

Cleaning out old prescription drugs from homes can reduce accidents, thefts and misuse or abuse of these medicines.

Speakers, including Rita Landgraf, secretary of DHSS, and Dr. Karyl Rattay, director for the Division of Public Health and chair of the Prescription Drug Advisory Committee, spoke about the need for safe disposal of expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications.

The Gonzales City Police Department is the drop-off point for that city, while King City residents can go to the Pine Canyon Fire department.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled it's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 22 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

County-wide local law enforcement agencies, including the Sequim Police Department, will be participating in the Nationwide Prescription Take-Back Day sponsored by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

There are three locations in the metro area where residents can dispose of their unused prescription drugs safely on Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The sheriff said 183 pounds of prescription drugs were turned into his office in April, with a total of 804 pounds of prescription drugs turned in locally since the beginning of the program.

The Gloucester County Sheriff's Office will have two locations in the county to accept prescription drugs for disposal: the lobby of Walgreens Pharmacy at Hayes and Gloucester Pharmacy in the Food Lion shopping center at Gloucester Court House. No liquids, inhalers, patches, or syringes will be accepted. The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that 6.4 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, more than abuse cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and methamphetamine combined. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Disposing of drugs in household trash or flushing them can create environmental hazards; failure to dispose of them can leave them available to people who should not have them.

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