The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

October 24, 2013

Bring expired, unwanted medication to National Drug Take Back Day collection points

ENID, Okla. — Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem locally and in our country.

On Saturday, local residents can do a little bit to help alleviate the problem by participating in National Drug Take Back Day put on by Drug Enforcement Administration.

A collection point will be set up 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Mall across from Regis Hair Salon. Anyone can bring potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted medications to the site and they will be disposed of properly.

The 71st Medical Group Pharmacy at Vance Air Force Base has teamed with the 71st Flying Training Wing Drug Demand Reduction Office, Garfield County Drug and Alcohol Coalition, PreventionWorkz, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and law enforcement in the local effort.

Studies have shown that prescription drug abuse often is the result of someone taking drugs found at home or from friends. Then, there is the risk of accidental poisonings or overdoses, too.

It’s not a good thing to keep old, unused prescription drugs around the house. There’s no need, and the risk of problems is one not worth taking.

And it’s not safe just to flush the drugs down the toilet or throw them out with the trash. That can lead to other problems, as medications can find their way into waterways and contaminate surface waters, creating problems for drinking water and the environment. These drugs cannot be removed from water supplies at waste water treatment plants.

If you have old, unused prescription drugs, we urge you to take them to the mall Saturday. This is the safe way to dispose of them.

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