Springville Drug Take Back Day a suc­cess

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Me­gan Wall­gren for Serve Daily

SPRINGVILLE — The Utah County De­part­ment of Drug and Al­co­hol Preven­tion and Treat­ment held a pre­scrip­tion drug take-back event on Satur­day, April 28. The event was a huge suc­cess! Over 55 pounds of un­used and ex­pired pre­scrip­tion drugs were turned in for dis­posal.

If you missed the event, you can still dis­pose of your un­used pre­scrip­tion drugs at the Springville Civic Cen­ter in the vestibule near the Springville Po­lice De­part­ment. Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to bring their left-over pre­scrip­tion drugs to be dis­posed of prop­erly. While flush­ing drugs down the toi­let was a com­mon prac­tice up un­til re­cently, new stud­ies have shown it has a neg­a­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact. Giv­ing your left-over drugs to some­one else to use is also a dan­ger­ous prac­tice.

This event, and oth­ers like it, pro­vides a safe way to bring aware­ness to, and dis­pose prop­erly of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions. Friends and fam­ily mem­bers sup­ply two-thirds of all the opi­oids mis­used and abused by Utahns. It is im­por­tant to safely dis­pose of your un­used or ex­pired pre­scrip­tion.

Utah County also has sev­eral free dis­posal lo­ca­tions avail­able out­side of take-back events. Find one near you at useonlyas­di­rected.org.

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