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National Rx Drug Take Back Day: October 27, 2018 image

DEA National Take Back October 2018

Think about your medicine cabinet at home for a minute. Do you have prescription drugs left over, maybe pushed toward the back of the cabinet and forgotten? A great way to get rid of them is coming up on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the semi-annual Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Take Back. Your disposing of your prescription drugs at this event ensures they can’t fall into the wrong hands. The DEA Take Back is one of our prevention coalitions’ favorite activities. This event happens in communities all over East Texas and the rest of the country. Local law enforcement set up come-and-go collection sites where residents can drop off their leftover prescription medication, no questions asked. Residents ...

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DEA National Rx Drug Takeback Day: April 28, 2018 image

You may have heard the phrase “DEA Takeback,” but what is it? The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) Takeback will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at various locations across the country. It is a concerted effort by law enforcement to reduce the access people have to leftover prescription medications. Sitting unused in your medicine cabinet is not a good look for prescriptions. The event is organized by the federal agency every spring and fall. Local law enforcement agencies across the country agree to set up a location where residents can dispose of their leftover prescription drugs, no questions asked. The DEA hopes that events like this will make it less likely leftover prescriptions can be abused. ...

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What Happens When There Are More Pills Than People image

By Rebecca Smith Last week, this headline from Vox News caught my eye: “Drug companies shipped nearly 21 million opioid painkillers to a town with 2,900 people.” That takes your breath away, doesn’t it? The town is Williamson, West Virginia. West Virginia has suffered the most overdose deaths per capita than any other state in the country. And a big contributor was simply the fact that there were so many drugs there to abuse. Opioid overdoses are such an issue that a healthcare system in Illinois started requiring last month that doctors prescribe Naloxone with their opioid prescriptions. Naloxone reverses opioid overdoses. It’s safe to say that opioids can be dangerous and highly addictive. Several pharmaceutical companies have been sued ...

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