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The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way for individuals to dispose of unused prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
The latest data from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) reports that prescription opiate rates, which include hydrocodone and oxycodone, have decreased over the past two years. The DTI shows oxycodone positivity declined 8.3 percent (0.88% vs. 0.96%) between 2013 and 2012 and 12.7 percent (0.96% vs. 1.1%) between 2012 and 2011. This recent decline can likely be attributed to the efforts of prevention and awareness programs like the Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
To participate in this event, you can turn in your unused or expired medications for safe disposal on Saturday, September 27 between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For more information on this program, including a Take Back Site Locator, visit the Drug Enforcement Administration website.
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