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Filed in Community/PACT, News, Parents by on April 27, 2017 • views: 382

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: April 29


Saturday, April 29 is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Through this day, the DEA aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

If you have unused, expired, or unwanted prescription drugs in your house, there are several local resources you can use to dispose of them for Prescription Take-Back Day. Westchester County has permanent prescription drug drop-off locations at the Pelham and Pelham Manor police departments, as well as many other locations across the county.

According to Klean Treatment Centers, in the past decade, opioid prescriptions have increased by 300% and hydrocodone-based drugs such as Vicodin are now the most commonly prescribed drugs on the market. Additionally, in the 2013 and 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 50.5% of people who misused prescription painkillers got them from a friend or relative for free. Opioid abuse is a problem that has hit many communities across the country, including Westchester County, which has seen several teen deaths from overdoses in recent years.

This Prescription Take-Back Day, parents are encouraged to take an inventory of their medicine cabinets, dispose of unneeded medication and to talk to their children about the risks of prescription drug misuse.

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