Saturday Is National Drug Take Back Day (LISTEN)

Twice a year, the Drug Enforcement Administration hosts a national day to ask all Americans to safely dispose of unused medication. Many businesses, medical offices, and First Responders are hosting take back events to safely dispose of unused medication. Under President Trump’s leadership, the DEA’s National Take Back Day has shattered records, recovering nearly 4.6-million pounds of unused prescription drugs. Doug O'Brien is the Region 5 Director of the Department of Health & Human Services. He called The Scott Sands Show to talk about the opioid crisis and National Drug Take Back Day -- click here to listen on our free iHeartRadio app. Scroll down for a list of Take Back Day drop-off locations.

 

Here are some of the places in Northwest Ohio to safely dispose of your prescription drugs. You can find a complete list online, just click here.

OTTAWA HILLS POLICE DEPARTMENT

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ROSSFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

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LUCAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

WASHINGTON TWP FIRE DEPARTMENT

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WALBRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT

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SYLVANIA POLICE DIVISION

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HOLLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT

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SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP POLICE

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SYLVANIA POLICE DIVISION

KROGER

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HOLLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT

HOLLAND KROGER

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MAUMEE POLICE DIVISION

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LUCAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP FIRE STATION #3

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MAUMEE POLICE DIVISION

ST LUKES HOSPITAL

ENTRANCE YELLOW 3

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LUCAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

MONCLOVA TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT

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LUCAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

KROGER

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LUCAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

VILLAGE OF WHITEHOUSE FIRE DEPARTMENT

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MICHIGAN STATE POLICE

MICHIGAN STATE POLICE MONROE POST

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BOWLING GREEN POLICE DIVISION

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WOOD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Take Back Day – October 26th

  • On Saturday, October 26thpolice stations, pharmacies and community centers will be hosting prescription drug take back at over 4,000 locations.
  • To find a location near you, visitTakeBackDay.DEA.gov
  • Go to your medicine cabinet and check for any unused or expired medications including opioids.
  • Opioids go by many names, including morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, methadone, buprenorphine, and fentanyl in addition to trade names such asVicodin, OxyCotin, Percocet, Opana, Codene, Fentanyl, Tramadol or morphine such as Kadian and Avinz.

Unused Perscription Drugs Could be A Danger For Friends or Family

  • Everyone knows old “left-overs” in your refrigerator can make you sick. But “left-over” drugs in your medicine cabinet can do much more—they can kill.
  • America has tons of “left-over” prescription opioids; the vast majority of people don’t use all the pills they are prescribed.
    • A 2017 study found that up to 92% of patients prescribed opioids didn’t use their entire prescription.[1]
  • Every day, 35 people die from overdoses involving prescription opioids. Just because something is prescribed doesn’t mean it’s safe.[2]
  • Each year more than 10.1 million Americans misuse prescription drugs.
    • The majority of these cases come from a family member or friend.
  • Misusing opioids is proven to be a potential route to a heroin addiction.
    • Nearly 80% of Americans using heroin reported misusing prescription opioids first.[3]
  • Many people don’t know they have been prescribed an opioid:
    • Vicodin, OxyCotin, Percocet, Opana, Tramadol and morphine such as Kadian and Avinza are opioids.[4]
  • Seniors are especially likely to keep unused pills. A grandparent’s medicine cabinet is an easy place for teens – or other loved ones – to fuel their addiction. Don’t just check your own cabinet but those of your loved ones as well.
  • Unused medicine is a threat to the lives of children, seniors, and pets. Accidental drug misuse sends thousands of Americans to the emergency room each year. If you don’t need it, get rid of your “left-over” drugs for your family’s safety.

How to Get Rid of Unused Prescription Drugs

  • On Take Back Day, unneeded medication can be dropped off at any one of the thousands of disposal drop off sites.
    • A tool to locate your nearest collection site is available atTakeBackDay.DEA.gov
  • Year-round you can drop off unneeded prescription drugs at participating Walgreens and CVS stores.
    • Some retail pharmacies, such as Walgreens and CVS, offer drug disposal programs on site.
  • On National Take Back Day (Saturday, October 26, 2019), the Drug Enforcement Administration, in partnership with Federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement, businesses, medical offices, federal agencies, and first responders will host events to collect and safely dispose of unneeded medication.
  • Each Take Back Day, thousands of pounds of prescription drugs are returned, helping to prevent incidents of drug abuse and misuse across the nation.

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