Officials Collect Hundreds of Pounds of Prescription Medication for "Drug Take Back Day"

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By Brittany Bivins

Law enforcement agencies, the National Guard, and substance abuse counselors were all on hand for Drug Take Back Day outside Eastdale Mall in Montgomery.

"There's been a good response. Pretty steady traffic, so we appreciate people coming out and finding this way to get rid of their unused drugs safely," said David Peterson, Chief Master Sergeant with the National Guard

This year, there were six drop-off locations across the River Region. Officials say more and more people are turning out every year, and it's partly due to educating the public more about just how harmful prescription drugs can be.

"A lot of time kids end up looking into medicine cabinets and grabbing things and taking them to parties, throwing them into a bowl and the results are potentially lethal at times and quite dangerous," said Peterson.

"The trend that's going on with our youth right now, they are actually going into medicine cabinets and drawers right at home and they're getting the prescription meds and they're taking them to get high," said Kwatasian Hunt, Prevention Director with the Council on Substance Abuse.

However, flushing those medications down the toilet can also be dangerous, because it poses a huge environmental threat. That's what made Christy Bise clean out her medicine cabinet.

"Safety reasons, to keep children from getting into them and environmental reasons. It gets into your water supply, it contaminates the fish," she said.

Officials say if you missed Drug Take Back Day, you can get rid of your medicines by mixing them with coffee grounds and cat litter and throwing them away.
   
Drug Take Back Day usually is held twice a year across the country, in April and October.

 

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