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Rexburg city unites for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Rexburg city unites for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day”

The tech giant has created a tool using the Google Maps API that lets users find where to safely dispose of prescription medicines. In fact, on an average day the CDC says over 90 people die from an opioid-related overdose.

The National Drug Take Back initiative will include three locations where residents can discreetly return any type of opioid or other unused prescription drug.

"Don't be the dealer" is this year's Take Back Day motto.

On April 28, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., the Port Washington Police and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially unsafe expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. You can check with your local law enforcement agency to see if it is participating as a drop off location.

"(People) know that you have medication in there and that you're on medication", he said.

"Opioids don't age discriminate.so the problem here is across all age groups", said Dr. Benjamin Lowry, Integrated Pain Associates.

The agency provides a number of resources, including information on a wide variety of drugs, drug disposal guidelines, drug scheduling, and year-round prescription drug disposal.

FOX 44 and the Hewitt Police Department will be at the Walmart on Sun Valley on Saturday April 28th from 10am to 2pm.

If you can not make it to Saturday's Drug Take Back Day, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office accepts drug drop offs at any time. In addition, a link to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service's Treatment Services Locator is provided, as well as brief information on medication-assisted treatment and naloxone.



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