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Take Back Day: Dispose of prescription drugs during event

Law-abiding citizens get a little nervous of the thought that others could become aware they have certain prescription drugs in their medicine cabinets. Most patients these days, if prescribed opioids for pain management, for example, do their best to stick to the bare minimum of what doctors recommend and then get those pills back out of their homes.

It is smart for two reasons. First, keeping them around in this day and age opens up the homeowner to the risk of break-ins, should the knowledge get out that there are pills available. Second, getting rid of them greatly reduces the risk of overdoses — accidental or otherwise — for those living in the home.

Last year, according to the Take Back Day website, 9.9 million Americans misused prescription drugs; and the majority of those drugs were obtained from the medicine cabinets of friends and family members.

Tomorrow, is National Drug Take Back Day, during which dozens of sites around the Mid-Ohio Valley will serve as collection points for medications that are no longer being taken, or have passed their expiration dates. The website presents the event as “an opportunity to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths,” and that is no exaggeration.

If you have some of these prescription drugs at home, and they are no longer medically necessary or have expired, take a little time tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to take them to a collection point. You may never know the difference it could make.

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