National Drug Take Back Day held Saturday

  • National Drug Take Back Day held Saturday

National Drug Take Back Day held Saturday

According to National Survey on Drug use and Health, 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids and 2.1 million people misused prescription opiods for the first time in 2015. "That's why this DEA-sponsored Drug Take Back Day is so important in Ohio".

Drug Take Back day is a project of the Wisconsin DOJ's Dose of Reality prescription painkiller abuse initiative. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

As the country suffers from an opioid crisis, communities are doing their part to make sure certain drugs don't make it in the wrong hands.

Aside from saving the environment, law enforcement officials hope their Take Back Day will save more lives.

Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman are urging Ohioans to participate in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.

There are more than 250 sites in OH to dropped off your unused drugs which are listed here.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, Schmidt said.

The DEA will destroy the drugs collected. "This is a simple way for us all to come together and take action to prevent substance misuse".

The Chadron Police Department at 125 Main St., Chadron, and the Dawes County Sheriff's Office at 248 Main Crawford will also accept medications on April 28.

To find an official drop-off site for medications, the Drug Enforcement Agency has a collection site locator on its website.

"This a safe way for people, and for us, to dispose of drugs", Manchester police Chief Ed Conley said.