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Prevention Efforts

Safe Storage and Disposal Methods

Saturday, April 27th from 10am – 2pm is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day! This event is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and encourages communities to safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription opioids to prevent misuse, overdose and overdose fatalities. There are several locations in Montgomery County, such a police departments and pharmacies, that are serving as collection sites during this event. For list of collection sites near you, please see the attached flyer below

Here are a few reminders on how to properly dispose of prescription opioids:

1.       Participate in local take back programs. There are several pharmacies and police departments that are registered as permanent location sites for the “take back” program. They will take back your prescription opioids with no questions asked. Remember, the goal is to prevent the diversion of prescription opioids so they are willing and ready to accept your returns.

2.       Do NOT flush prescription opioids. Sewage treatment systems cannot remove all the medications from the water released into lakes, rivers or oceans. Bottled water and home filtration systems don’t necessarily avoid exposure.

Let’s continue playing our role in improving the lives of children, youth and families by safely disposing of prescription opioids & encouraging others to do the same.

 

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