Don’t contribute to prescription drug abuse – drop off old pills during ‘Drug Take-Back Day’

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ST. GEORGE — Those unused medications in your medicine cabinet can be dangerous, and some – like prescription painkillers – can be deadly.

People drop off unused prescription medication during “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day,” St. George, Utah, Sept. 27, 2014 | File photo by Brett Barrett, St. George News

Law enforcement agencies throughout Southern Utah are encouraging people to drop off old prescription drugs for “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” Saturday morning through the early afternoon.

Campaign organizers say the event is part of an effort to address a crucial public safety and health issue.

According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

Of particular concern are opioid painkillers, often contributing to the overdose deaths of hundreds of people in Utah every year.

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Saturday’s event is held in cooperation with the Southwest Prevention Coalition and local police agencies. Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted with no questions asked and can simply be dropped off to officers at outdoor events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In St. George, drugs can be dropped off at the Smith’s Food and Drug store parking lot, 20 N. Bluff Street.

In Cedar City, the event will also be held at Smith’s in the parking lot at 633 S. Main Street.

Iron County Sheriff’s Lt. Del Schlosser noted that old medications can be dropped off throughout the year during normal business hours. The Sheriff’s Office recently installed a drop box to help make the process as easy as possible.

Read more: Seeking to curb overdoses, Sheriff’s Office teams with hospital for prescription drop box

The following Southern Utah locations accept unused prescription drugs year-round:

  • St. George Police Department, 265 N. 200 East, St. George.
  • Iron County Sheriff’s Office, 2132 N. Main Street, Cedar City.
  • Washington City Police Department, 95 N. Main St., Washington City.
  • Hurricane City Police Department, 90 S. 700 West, Hurricane.
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office, 750 N. 5300 West, Hurricane.
  • Dixie State Campus Police, 800 E. 300 South, St. George.
  • Watson Pharmacy, 1380 E. Medical Center Drive, St. George.

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