Prescription drug ‘take-back’ events scheduled for this weekend

People who want to safely dispose of unwanted, unused prescription drugs can do so starting this weekend.

The Department of the Attorney General, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and State Narcotics Enforcement Division, is coordinating two prescription take-back events.

There will be a collection site at this year’s Senior Fair, The Good Life Expo 2014, Friday through Sunday at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, as well as designated collection sites throughout the state on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Click here to find the site nearest you.

Since the first Take Back event in September 2010, over 15,000 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected in Hawaii.

According to the DEA and 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, prescription drugs that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high; more Americans (6.8 million) currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens like LSD, and inhalants (sniffed household products) combined. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Improper use of prescription drugs can be as dangerous as illegal drug use. Having unused and expired medicine in your home increases the risk of accidental poisoning. Unused or expired medicine should not be thrown in the trash and flushed down the toilet.

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