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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Riverside Sheriff Department to collect unused prescription drugs

Published On: 04-29-2016 in Category: Drug Abuse


The Riverside County Sheriff Department, in association with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is hosting several events on account of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, being observed on April 30. As part of the program, people can drop off their unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs at five different Riverside Sheriff stations.

The event is being organized at Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station, Southwest Sheriff’s Station, Thermal Sheriff’s Station, Perris Sheriff’s Station, Moreno Valley Police Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a part of the national effort to curb the rising prescription drug abuse problem.

Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Armstrong said, “This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse.”

He said that many people don’t know how to get rid of prescription drugs properly and they just store them in the house cabinets.

The collection drive will be free and anonymous. Those participating in the event will not be asked any details about the prescription drugs. They can drop the drugs at any of the five sheriff stations in Riverside County, namely Murrieta, Jurupa, Thermal, Perris and Moreno valley.

According to the DEA, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims at providing a safe, convenient, and responsible means to dispose of prescription drugs. It also tries to create awareness and educate the public about the potential health risks of drug abuse and addiction.

Increase in prescription drug abuse

The nation is burning in an unprecedented surge of prescription drug abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of drug overdose has increased 137 percent since 2000 in the U.S. There has been a 200 percent rise in drug overdose deaths involving opioids. Prescription pain relievers and heroin are the main drugs closely associated with overdose deaths in the U.S.

The prescription drug overdose epidemic has not spared Riverside County as well. The State Health Department said that there have been more than 500 overdose deaths in Riverside County from 2010 to 2012. Dr. John Leff, an Upper Arlington parent and chairman of general surgery at Riverside Methodist Hospital, said that Riverside is also witnessing an increase in heroin and fentanyl overdoses.

Way forward

Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes recently introduced a bill to address the opioid crisis in schools. The Assembly Bill 1748 will allow a school to provide emergency naloxone or some other opioid antidote to school nurses and trained volunteer personnel so that they can administer the medication to victims of opioid overdose. Mayes serves the 42nd district that includes several Riverside County cities like Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa, Hemet etc.

Such initiatives are necessary to curb the rising prescription drug abuse crisis in the U.S. If you or your loved one is suffering from prescription drug abuse, please call the Riverside Drug Treatment and Rehab Center for immediate medical assistance. Our certified representatives will help you to seek the best possible treatment suiting your needs and addiction severity. You can chat online or call us at 951-221-4018 for more information.

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