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By Carmen Ensinger
Many medicine cabinets are full of outdated prescription bottles with anywhere from a few pills to dozens of pills left from a prescription that the user didn’t take. Thankfully, the user had the good sense not to flush those pills down the toilet and poison our water source, or throw them in the trash where they could end up in the hands of someone else, but are they just supposed to sit on that shelf for eternity?
The answer is no. This Saturday, April 30, the Greene County Health Department is participating in the National Drug Take Back Day. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greene County residents can drop their unused or expired medications off at the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, located at 403 Seventh St., Carrollton.
“Disposing of unneeded medications can help prevent drugs from being misused,” Drug Enforcement Agency Administrator Anne Milgram said. “Overdose deaths continue to hit tragic record highs. I encourage everyone to dispose of unneeded prescription medications now.”
Overdose became the leading cause of death in the United States as of March 2022. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says that in a recent study they found that a majority of people obtain medications from family members or friends.
“Unfortunately, Greene County is not immune from the effects of this crisis,” Greene County Public Health Administrator Molly Peters said. “Syndromic surveillance efforts by the department confirm that overdose incidents are on the rise, right here at home, a trend we can work together to end.”
To learn more about what the Health Department is doing to combat the overdose crisis, visit their website at https://GreeneCountyHD.org/opioids or contact Ron Sprong at 217-942-6961 ext. 124.