Cedar Falls to take part in national drug take back event

MTSU offers prescription drug take-back event April 24

MTSU offers prescription drug take-back event April 24

There are no other prescription drug take back events in Cumberland County listed on the DEA's website.

Take Back events allow people with unused or expired prescription medication to dispose of them in a safe way, according to Sheriff Jim Stubbs.

This national event provides communities across the country with an opportunity to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

Citizens can also take advantage of the prescription drug drop-box located in the lobby of the police department 24/7, 365 days a year. There has been a 150 percent increase in the number of drug overdose deaths in Oklahoma over the last 15 years, with prescription drugs being involved in 69 to 78 percent of these fatalities in the last five years, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

The agency will set up collection sites in New Orleans from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. with the police departments at Xavier University (3801 S. Carrolton Ave.), Tulane University's Uptown campus (Gibson Hall, 6823 St Charles Ave.), and Southern University of New Orleans (6400 Press Dr).

"We're absolutely in the middle of a public health epidemic with opioids", said Katherine Neale, Follow Our Lead program director. "Safe use, safe storage and safe disposal of all medication in our homes has to be a priority for all of us".

You can drop off any prescriptions, no questions asked.

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