Crawford Memorial Hospital and the Robinson Police Department will give the public an opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.
Prescription Take Back Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the East Entrance at Crawford Memorial Hospital.
It is being held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Any and all kinds of drugs will be accepted. However, please note that syringes or needles of any kind cannot be accepted.
“Abuse of prescription medicine continues to escalate,” noted Katelyn Williams, a pharmacist at CMH. “The source of these drugs is often people’s medicine cabinets. By taking part in the National Drug Take Back Day, we can safely destroy the drugs and keep them from being used in an unsafe manner.”
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. 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.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now 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.
For more information, contact CMH Pharmacy at (618) 544-3131.