Prescription drug take-back events set for Saturday across Utah

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Also, a drug take back box is located at the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office Charleston headquarters and available for disposals during business hours on weekdays. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain in the original container with the cap tightly sealed.

Indiana State Police are partnering with the DEA for the 15th nationwide "Prescription Drug Take Back" initiative.

The connection between prescription opioid abuse and heroin use is clear, with 80 percent of new heroin abusers starting their opioid addiction by misusing prescription medications, according to the DEA. "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provide safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs".

For more information, contact Capt. Mark Johnson at 353-8550.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, police said.

Unused prescriptions can be turned in year-round at many local law enforcement locations.

The event is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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"Surgical providers write almost 10 percent of all opioid prescriptions and approximately 80 percent of the pills of those 28.3 million prescriptions go unused, leaving a staggering number of pills available for diversion and leaving them vulnerable to abuse or misuse", said Dr. Stulberg.

With the same event in Kansas, 85 sites collected more than 13,000 pounds of unused prescriptions.

These drug tack back events, sponsored by Drug Enforcement Administration, are used so that people don't flush unwanted needles or prescriptions down the toilet.

Start gathering up your unused or expired medications.

The event runs from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

"Proper disposal helps reduce the risk of prescription drugs entering the human water supply or potentially harming aquatic life", the release states. That is nearly six tons more than was collected at last spring's event.

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