Push to curb opioid crisis during Drug Take Back Day

  • Push to curb opioid crisis during Drug Take Back Day

Push to curb opioid crisis during Drug Take Back Day

If you can't make it today, most law enforcement agencies have drug collections bins set up year-round.

The event, which is held twice a year-once in April and once in October-has become an important tool in the fight against the opioid crisis.

To take part in the national initiative, you can click on the Take Back Day website and type in your zip code to find the nearest location to drop off the prescription drugs.

Dunavant said it also takes providing people with an avenue to dispose of prescription drugs properly. So that's one reason that we want to take these drugs out of the home if they're unused or unnecessary anymore.

"We collected 900 pounds of unwanted or unused medication, because of the success of that we ended up getting our medication drop box".

On Saturday, law enforcement agencies across the USA are fighting the opioid epidemic during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Police say the drugs go through a chain of custody before being placed in barrels of gasoline to be destroyed.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. "People tend to abuse them or people will break into homes to steal these drugs", Mark Bartik said.

As the official event expired at 2 p.m., officers at the Gloucester Township Police Headquarters looked over the day's haul: two thigh-high boxes full of unwanted medicine.