The use, overuse and misuse of prescription opioids is on the rise. In fact, on an average day the CDC says over 90 people die from an opioid-related overdose.
That’s why it’s so important to dispose of your drugs correctly.
National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28th and FOX 44 and Integrated Pain Associates are teaming up with the Hewitt Police Department to bring awareness.
“It helps take them off the street and get rid of them so they aren’t readily available to people that don’t need them,” said Tuck Sanders, Assistant Chief of the Hewitt Police Department.
National Drug Take Back Day is a nationwide push by the DEA to help you dispose of expired or unneeded prescription drugs, safely and responsibly.
“It’s a really great way to clean up your medicine cabinet, like spring cleaning,” said Lydia Bailey, Marketing Representative for Integrated Pain Associates.
Last year, Texas had the second highest number of law enforcement participation in the United States with 239 agencies.
“We’ll take them, collect them, bring them back here then we’ll give them to the Drug Enforcement Agency,” said Sanders.
Law enforcement collected 450 tons of drugs across the nation, Texas collected over 72,000 pounds or roughly 36 tons of medications.
“It’s a great way for people to dispose of medications that can be potentially dangerous,” said Bailey.
Those dangers are no secret, of the more than 33,000 opioid related deaths in 2015, over 1,000 were in Texas.
“Opioids don’t age discriminate. so the problem here is across all age groups,” said Dr. Benjamin Lowry, Integrated Pain Associates.
“When people take drugs that aren’t prescribed to them, you’re not sure of the amount, what the effects are, it’s just a lot safer if everything is controlled,” said Sanders.
That control is happening on Saturday on National Drug Take Back Day.
“It’s a free, anonymous way to get rid of your medications,” said Bailey.
FOX 44 and the Hewitt Police Department will be at the Walmart on Sun Valley on Saturday April 28th from 10am to 2pm.
Click HERE to see a list of other drug take back locations.