Prescription Take Back Day this Saturday in the county

To the editor:

Studies through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report that about one-third of Medicare patients who get prescriptions for painkillers receive them from multiple doctors. This is a growing public health concern because multiple painkillers can increase the senior patients’ risk of being hospitalized for drug-related complications such as breathing problems, drowsiness and injuries from falls.  

Chronic pain in the elderly is difficult enough, but having a medicine cabinet full of painkillers may be an open invitation to the start of a deadly habit for your children and grandchildren.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held on Saturday in Dubois County at the Dubois and St. Anthony fire stations from 10 a.m. to noon and the Jasper State Police Post from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   

Please be proactive by properly disposing of all expired, unused and unwanted pharmaceuticals from your home. Be alert to behavior changes in your loved ones. All age groups are susceptible to the ill effects of misusing medications.

Remember, the streets aren’t the only place kids find drugs.  

Submitted by: Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Substance Abuse Council, Solid Waste Management District, Fire Stations, Habig Center, Older Americans, Indiana State Police, DEA and TRI-CAP RSVP

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