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National prescription drug take back day coming to Imperial PDF Print E-mail

By Carolyn Lee

The Imperial Republican

Adams Drug will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Sept. 27.
People may take their leftover prescription drugs to Adams Drug from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.
Thousands of locations across the United States will provide a free and anonymous service, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
More than half of the 41,300 unintentional drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2011 were from prescription drugs and opiold pain relievers.
Seventy percent of the people who abuse prescription pain medications for the first time get their meds from a friend or relative’s residence, including home medicine cabinets, according to the DEA.
A 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report states that 110 Americans die each day from drug overdoses.
Communities across the U.S. will be taking part in this event and raising awareness on the potential abuse of prescription medications.
The DEA does not recommend flushing the drugs, as they contaminate streams and groundwater.