Opioid Misuse Prevention Day is August 30

The misuse of prescription drugs is a major health problem in this country. Many drug overdoses are caused by prescription drugs that have been misplaced, forgotten or stolen from households. Drugs that are flushed down the toilet or tossed into landfills can eventually leach into the groundwater supply.

 One of the best ways to prevent you or the people around you from misusing opioids is to not have any around in the first place. If you’ve been prescribed opioid-based prescription pain medications in the past, check your medicine cabinet to make sure you don’t have any leftovers. Over half of all people with a history of opioid misuse report having gotten or stolen them from a friend or family member.

A medicine drop-off box has been installed inside RCH for the safe disposal of drugs that might otherwise find their way into the wrong hands or end up contaminating ground water in the county

The drop off box is located next to the Doctors Without Delay clinic window. The box is available for the disposal of prescription and non-prescription pills, prescription ointments and patches, vitamins and pet medications. Prohibited items that cannot be accepted are needles, inhalers, lotions or liquids.

The drug drop off box is available for disposing unwanted drugs Monday through Saturday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Please take advantage of this free service and dispose of out of date or unneeded drugs in a safe and responsible manner.

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