The Swanton Police Department, Swanton Fire Department, Swanton Pharmacy and Swanton Area Community Coalition are combining to host A Drug Take Back Day for the community to drop off their unwanted, unused, and expired medications. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In Swanton, drop off locations are the Swanton Pharmacy, 147 E. Airport Highway and the village council room, 219 Chestnut St.
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.