Those still hanging on to old medications will be offered the opportunity to get rid of them this weekend. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday.
Locally, the Swanton Police Department, Swanton Fire Department and Swanton Area Community Coalition are combining to host the take back for the community to drop off their unwanted, unused, and expired medications. The event will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What is special about this drug take back is that Swanton residents will be able to drop off their syringes, liquids and lotions. Swanton is the only location in both Lucas and Fulton counties that will be accepting these items.
In Swanton, drop off locations are the Swanton Pharmacy, 151 E. Airport Highway and the village council room, 219 Chestnut St. Liquids, syringes and lotions will be accepted at the village council room.
There are also drop off sites the area that can be used throughout the year, including the Swanton Police Department.
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, potentially leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. The abuse of prescription drugs is now the second leading cause of accidental death and has other unintended consequences, such as increased prevalence of prescription medication abuse and diversion throughout the United States.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, abuse of prescription drugs to get high has become increasingly prevalent among teens and young adults. Past abuse of prescription pain killers now ranks second – only behind marijuana—as the nation’s most prevalent illegal drug problem. In recent findings, 50 percent of heroin addictions start with prescription drugs.