Hardin County Sheriff's Office holding drug take back day

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New Mexicans are also able to return unused medications back to pharmacies, hospitals and other designated areas any time of year.

Lake Charles residents will get a chance to get rid of potentially risky expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

More than 1,500 pounds of medication was collected in Mankato a year ago.

Many communities in Tennessee and throughout the country are participating in National Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday. A Wyandot County sheriff's deputy will be on site.

The Follow Our Lead coalition held a ribbon cutting during last week's Earth Day events at Weatherford College for a permanent medication drop box that will be located inside the WC Campus Police Department.

Accepted items include prescription and over the counter medications. Many of these mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters were also part of rural America.

Prescription drug abuse is an ever-growing epidemic not only in Chester County, but across the nation. Oxycodone is the generic name for a range of opioid painkillers. Through the program, people may drop off unwanted medications at designated locations. More than half of prescription opioid users get their drugs from a friend or relative, according to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The "Take Back" initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs.

Turning the tide on this scourge will take the coordinated efforts of government, together with community and faith-based organizations, clinicians, law enforcement, educators, families, and individuals.