Health Care

14th National Take-Back Initiative

Get rid of old, unused prescription medications as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The "Take Back" initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs.

The collection is set for Saturday from 10 2:00 p.m. Start going through your cabinets now. Medication will be destroyed by TPD.

This service is free of charge, no questions asked.

Held on October 28 from 10 2 p.m., the national program will include Andover, Georgetown, Groveland, Methuen, Atkinson and Plaistow police departments.

Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem, and this drug drop off event is a great opportunity for citizens of Council Bluffs or anyone else to help reduce this threat.

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More than 40 people in Mississippi have died of a drug overdose this year, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

During the last Drug Take Back Day in April, 900,386 pounds (450 tons) of prescription drugs were collected. Overall, in its 12 previous Take-Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 3,500 tons - over 7.1 million pounds - of pills.

Medicines left in home cabinets can lead to misuse and abuse of the drugs. Commonly abused prescription drugs fall into three different categories which include opioids, which are pain relievers and have a similar chemical make up as heroin; sedatives, which are used to treat anxiety and depression; and stimulants, which increase attention, energy, blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate. Also, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, director of health and human services and Baltimore County health officer, encourages residents, especially parents and guardians of teenagers, to dispose of unused and expired medications on National Take Back Day.