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Cedar Falls to take part in national drug take back event

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Becky Salazar | 25 April, 2018, 16:08

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office will be participating in a statewide Prescription Drug Take Back Event on Saturday. Officials will be at multiple locations in the area from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. accepting unwanted medications.

MTSU pharmacist Tabby Ragland, foreground, accepts unwanted prescription medications while student pharmacists Derek Groff, Jordan Todd and Hallie Cunningham assist with the process in the annual fall MTSU Pharmacy-sponsored Drug Take-Back Day in October 2016. You will not be required to give your name or sign any forms. This service is free and anonymous.

"We want to get these (unused prescription drugs) out of the house", said Joe Spencer, exalted leader of the Carlisle Elks Lodge 578. Medicines left unused in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse, a sheriff's office news release said.

In the past, it was commonplace to just simply toss old or unwanted medications in the trash or flush them down the toilet.

It's designated to prevent the abuse of prescription medications that linger in residents' medicine cabinets.

Drug Take-Back Day is an initiative that started seven years ago in an effort to reduce the rates of prescription drug abuse as well as the number of accidental poisonings from these drugs. "Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs".

The average age of first use for non-medical use of prescription medications in Pontotoc County is 13 years, according to local youth surveys.

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