SpectraCare Health Systems: Brantley Prescription Drug Take Back EventMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Apr 11 2017 8:40 AM
The Office of National Drug Control Policy is encouraging Prescription Drug Take-Back events as a state-level action to address prescription drug abuse. “A comprehensive plan to address prescription drug abuse must include proper disposal of unused, unneeded, or expired medications. Providing individuals with a secure and convenient way to dispose of controlled substances will help prevent diversion and abuse of these substances and demonstrate sound environmental stewardship.” This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Prescription drug abuse rates in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
On Wednesday, April 18th, from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, the Brantley Police Department and SpectraCare Health Systems will work together to help people rid their homes of potentially harmful expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. By doing this we will combat prescription drug misuse and abuse, as well as protect our environment.
Flushing medications, or throwing them in the trash, can contaminate our water and landfills. Simply bring your medications to the Brantley Police Department at 10 Martin Luther King Dr. in Brantley, AL., and we will ensure proper disposal. This is a free, anonymous service for the community. Just drop it off and go. NO QUESTIONS ASKED!! We will make sure all of your personal information is removed!
For more information, call SpectraCare Health Systems’ Prevention Services at 334-673-2143.
Desiree Jones 334-673-2143 EXT. 7010
Kristin Johns 334-673-2143 EXT. 7008