prescriptionHave you ever been given a bottle of pills for treatment of pain following a minor operation, a visit to the doctor about complaints of aches, or some similar condition which came and went. What did you do with the leftover pills? If you ended up with doses that you didn’t need, where did the pills end up? Maybe you threw them in the trash or flushed them down the toilet, thinking that you could just get rid of them. This may not have been a good idea, since the demand for painkillers and certain other prescription medications is so high that addicts are known to root through the trash in some cases searching for a bottle, while releasing the pills into the water supply poses problems with contamination. Perhaps you, like millions of other Americans, enjoyed the feeling you experienced after taking your pills, and used the remaining medication recreationally. Or maybe you knew that this was a bad idea and instead just held onto your unused prescription drugs, and to this day have them sitting in the medicine cabinet. Even this solution is not the best approach to handling leftover pills, since it leaves you liable to the risk of abuse on the part of a family member; drug abusers and addicts know where to look, and it is not at all uncommon for someone with a drug habit to raid the medicine chest of a loved one looking for a fix. Worse, there have even been reports of home invasion and burglary where prescription pills were the target.

The best approach to handling leftover prescription drugs is to turn them over to people who can safely dispose of the pills so that they will not fall into the wrong hands. Narconon Arrowhead recently helped to spread the word about an opportunity to do just this. You may have wondered where would be a good place to take your pills, but didn’t know what would be the best option. In some locations around the country, communities can take advantage of secure drop-boxes where prescription drugs can be safely disposed of, but this is not an option everywhere. An alternative is to go to one of the many prescription drug take-back events that occur on the calendars of towns and cities around the country with increasing frequency.

Drug Take-Back Event in Eufaula, Oklahoma

In early February, the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department set up a take-back event in the small town of Eufaula, Oklahoma, near Eufaula Lake where Narconon Arrowhead is located. The event was sponsored by a number of different community organizations, and Narconon Arrowhead eagerly supported the cause and worked to spread the word so that as many people as possibly in the local region could take advantage of the opportunity to safely dispose of their pills. In doing so, they would be doing their part to reduce the risk of painkiller abuse and addiction in the area, by cutting down on the available supply of drugs. A team from Narconon Arrowhead was on hand at the Eufaula drug take-back event, where they passed out pamphlets with information about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and addiction and spoke with people who attended the event about their work in helping addicts to recover. As one of the most active organizations working to prevent drug abuse in Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead is a fixture at events such as the take-back day, helping to raise public awareness of the drug threat that our society faces. The group supports take-back events as an effective way to fight back against the scourge of prescription drug abuse, and encourages law enforcement agencies around the country to facilitate such activities on a regular basis.

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