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Mount St. Mary's participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day


Thu, Oct 18th 2018 01:15 pm
Event on Oct. 27 includes drop-off site
As part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mount St. Mary's is hosting a drive-up drop-off site to help get unused and unwanted medications out of people's homes.
Those attending are urged to use the north entrance and proceed to the traffic circle in the rear of the hospital for the drop-off.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a public safety and public health issue: According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.
By participating in the DEA take-back programs, Mount St. Mary's is helping get drugs off the streets and out of homes.
Prescription drugs are a common cause of accidental poisonings in children and should not be kept around if they're no longer needed. Leftover prescription opioid painkillers, in particular, pose a risk for addiction and overdoses.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 27 Take Back Day event, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.

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