Prescription Drug Take Back Day

WELCOME BACK TO AT 11 LOCATIONS ACROSS EAST TEXAS. THE DEA NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY, WE REALLY WANT TO ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHEN THEY ARE DOING SPRING CLEANING TO CLEAN OUT THE CLOSET, ALSO INCLUDE MEDICINE CABINETS IN THE AND TO BRING ANY UNUSED, UNWANTED OR EXPIRED MEDICATIONS FOR THE TAKEBACK EVENT. IT IS GOING TO BE FROM 10:00 A.M. UNTIL 2:00 P.M. TOMORROW APRIL 27. Cynthia: GREAT, WHAT EXACTLY CAN AND CAN’T YOU BRING. IF PEOPLE SHOW UP WITH THE WRONG THING. WE ASK FOR ANYTHING THAT IS IN PILL FORM IS ACCEPTED, IF YOU HAVE A LIQUID WE ASK medications?4. Do you have any TIGHTLY PUT THE LID ON IT AND PUT IT IN A PLASTIC BAG. IF YOU HAVE ANY EXPOSED NEEDLES OR INHALERS WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE THOSE. Cynthia: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PURPOSE OF THIS TAKEBACK DAY. WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO DISPOSE OF THEIR UNUSED MEDICATION?>> I THINK A LOT OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE BECOMING AWARE THAT WE HAVE A NATIONAL OPIOID CRISIS IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS JUST A WAY TO GET ANY GRANDCHILD OR SOMEBODY COULD EASILY GO THROUGH AND TAKE THOSE MEDICATIONS. Cynthia: DO YOU HAVE ANY DETAILS ON WHY THIS IS ACTUALLY AN ISSUE HERE LOCALLY IN EAST TEXAS? Guest: IN EAST TEXAS WE HAVE MORE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES SO THOSE ARE GOING TO BE THE STRONGER MEDICATIONS LIKE PAINKILLERS THAT ARE PRESCRIBED PER PERSON AND ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE STATE OF TEXAS. ACCIDENTALLY DIVERTED OR MISUSED. WE KNOW THAT THE NUMBER ONE THING LEADING TO THE OPIOID CRISIS IS GOING TO BE STRONGER PRESCRIPTION OR PAINKILLERS. Cynthia: YOU NEVER EXPECT THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS IS HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITIES ON THE ROAD.ALSO, HOW SUCCESSFUL HAVE THESE TAKEBACK DAYS BEEN SO FAR? LAST APRIL WE ACTUALLY COLLECTED ALMOST 1000 POUNDS OF UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WHICH 1000 CAN BE HARD TO VISUALIZE SO I BROUGHT THIS EXAMPLE AND DON’T WORRY, THESE AREN’T REAL MEDICATIONS.BUT THIS IS JUST WHAT ONE POUND OF Cynthia: IF PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY MAKE IT TO THE EVENT ON SATURDAY IS THERE ANOTHER WAY THEY CAN PROPERLY DISPOSE OF THEIR MEDICATIONS? OF COURSE WE HAVE BEEN REALLY FORTUNATE THAT WE PARTNERED WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO INSTALL PERMANENT PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP BOXES. IT’S THE SAME CONCEPT AND YOU COLLECT YOUR UNWANTED DRUGS AND DROP THEM OFF AT ANY OF THE DROP BOXES AROUND EAST TEXAS. ABSOLUTELY NO QUESTIONS ASKED. THE DEA TAKEBACK EVENT AND THE YEAR-ROUND DROP BOXES. WE HAVE ACTUALLY CREATED A WEBSITE CALLED EAST TEXAS RX.com AND THAT LISTS ALL OF THE 11 TAKEBACK LOCATIONS FOR TOMORROW AND ALSO LISTS WHERE THESE YEAR-ROUND DROP BOXES CAN BE FOUND. Cynthia: GREAT, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE US

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