Drug Take Back Day

Monday, April 25, 2011 - 4:51pm

It’s not just street drugs that worry parents these days. The misuse of prescription pharmaceuticals is a growing and troubling phenomenon.
And the authorities are offering a chance to come clean with no consequences.
And it’s not only kids that have experts concerned. At last estimate, more than 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs.
And the DEA and Tyler PD are offering folks a chance to get rid of them…
It is estimated that 20% of us take prescription drugs for reasons other than the one the doctor had in mind.
That’s why the Drug Enforcement Administration and Tyler Police are offering National Take Back Day Saturday April 30.
The object is to allow people to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs and remove the possibility that teenagers may find and use them.
2.7 million teens have used their parents prescriptions for recreational purposes, and one drug is at the top of the list.
It’s hydrochodone, and it is a bigger problem than marijuana or cocaine.
The drug Take Back event will be held at the Super One Food store at 3000, WNW Loop 323 from 10am to 2pm. But Dr. Bryan Lowery of Trinity Clinic worries it will be of limited use.
The first Drug Take Back event last year collected more than 121 tons of pills nationwide.
Again, it’s Saturday from 10am to 2 pm at the Super One Foods on the WNW Loop in Tyler.

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