DEA's 'Take Back Day' Removes Prescription Pills - and vaping devices - from Circulation

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Are you searching for a way to get rid of vaping devices and its cartridges or unused opioids and medications? Reducing misuse can play an important role in combating the much larger substance abuse problem because prescription misuse often serves as a gateway to using more harmful substances.

According to a release, there is a strong link between the misuse of prescription opioids, opioid addictions, and subsequent use of heroin once prescriptions become too expensive or are no longer accessible.

The collection site at the hospital is sponsored by the Prevention Coalition for Success. In Illinois alone, more than 2,000 deaths are attributed to opioid-related overdose in 2018 with another 13,500 people experiencing non-fatal opioid-related overdose. While opioid medications are an important tool for acute pain control, numerous prescription pills often go unused, but remain in homes and medicine cabinets making them vulnerable accidents, misuse, abuse or diversion (the non-medical use of legally prescribed medications).

For a full list of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day medication collection sites, visit: https://takebackday.dea.gov/. Consider these facts from the DEA.

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The majority of teenagers who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends - and the home medicine cabinet.

The program allows people to remove potentially unsafe medications from their homes and dispose of them safely.

This Saturday, the Montgomery County Harm Reduction Coalition will host the biannual Prescription Drug Takeback event from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m.in the Montgomery County Courthouse parking lot. And, if you're unable to make it to the Take Back Day this Saturday, you can find drug disposal information on the Farm Town Strong website here.

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