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Are you possibly a drug dealer and don’t even realize it? As the number of people addicted to prescription drugs continues to rise many don’t realize that every time they just toss out left over prescriptions into the garbage can, or let them stock pile in the medicine cabinet or a drawer somewhere, they are potentially, although unaware, feeding an addict’s habit. So what should you do with unwanted and unused prescriptions? 

Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. until noon, Northtown Drug, Toole County Alliance for Youth, Marias Medical Center and the Toole County Sheriff’s Office, will be hosting the Toole County DEA Take Back Day. 

The main place for Toole County residents to dispose of their prescription drugs is Northtown Drug, as there are no more dispenser containers at the sheriff’s office or the Sunburst Clinic.

“Toole County residents are encouraged to bring their pills for disposal to Northtown Drug,” said Gateway Recovery specialist Mary Miller. “This gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.” 

Miller advises all to take note- the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

According to Miller, statistics show rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. In addition, Americans are advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

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

If you cannot make it to Northtown Drug between 10 and noon on Saturday, April 27, they will continue to accept prescription drugs during business hours daily. 

“This initiative addresses vital public safety and public health issues,” said Miller. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.”

Don’t unknowingly be feeding someone’s habit. By taking advantage of Toole County DEA Take Back Day not only will you be cleaning out some of the clutter in your medicine cabinet, but ensuring what you meant to throw away stays where it belongs, in the trash and not in someone else’s hands. 

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs visit the DEA Diversion website, deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug disposal/takeback/index.ht ml.

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