Drug take back day October 28

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If the mall is inconvenient, the Rutland County Sheriff's Department accepts prescription drugs at 88 Grove St., Rutland, Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m.to midnight, and Sunday, 6 a.m.to 8 p.m.

The day is to educate the public about the potential risk for prescription medication abuse and provide a safe and responsible method of disposal.

There will be three locations in the area participating in the event: The Potter County Sheriff's Office, Texas Tech School of Pharmacy and the Randall County Sheriff's Office.

Chief Ernie Bassett said his departments in Granville and Whitehall are not hosting special take back day events, but that they are always collecting medication. However no liquids, inhalers, patches, or syringes will be accepted at the sites.

As an effort to help prevent opioid abuse and accidental overdose, the Drug Enforcement Administration is organizing a no-questions-asked prescription drug disposal day, October 28.

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Last April, Vermont collected 5,553 pounds of prescription drugs from 71 different collection sites.

In April, Americans turned in 450 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 at the state and local level.

The program has led to the collection of more than 4.1 million pounds of prescription drugs nationally since its start in 2010. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

America is experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

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