Keep them safe. Clean Them Out. Take Them Back. That's the theme for Drug Take Back Day.
National Drug Take Back Day is a bi-annual event sponsored by the DEA. It encourages the public to remove unneeded medications from their homes as a measure of preventing medication misuse.
Many people don't realize that it can be dangerous to keep old medicines but according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend.
The importance of the event is stressed by Lee Ann Watson, the new Executive Director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board. According to Ms. Watson, "The Board is committed to reducing overdoses and overdose deaths in our community. Safely disposing of unneeded medications can prevent misuse of highly addictive medications, such as stimulants and opioids, that can lead to overdoses. Many young adults first experiment with opioids by taking them from the medication cabinet."
Locally Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (GCB) will be participating in several Drug Take Back events in Clermont County.
We will be at the Miami Township Police Department (5900 McPicken Dr, Milford 45150) and the Bethel Township Police Department (120 N Main St #2, Bethel 45106).
All of these events take place this Saturday, October 29th from 10 am till 2 pm.
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