November 1, 2019

Sheriff: Hundreds drop off more than 500 pounds of medications

By Karl Oestreich


Olmsted County Sheriff's Office says "another successful Prescription Drug Take Back Day is in the books."  On Saturday, at the Gonda Building driveway in Rochester, organizers say more than 600 people dropped off more than 500 pounds of medications. This year, for the first time, the program took e-cigarettes and vaping items.  One Mayo Clinic doctor shared that this event saves lives, "In the emergency department we get it from both sides... we see people over there for overdose, misuse of drugs or medications. We see people there from accidental overdoses. And, we're prescribing and supplying some of these medications," said Dr. Casey Clements.

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Context: More than 10 million Americans misused prescription opioids last year, according to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Often those who misuse prescription opioids got the drugs from family or friends. Ensuring proper drug disposal helps save lives. The decision to accept vaping devices at this year's take back event comes amid concerns about illness and death caused by vaping and the rise in vaping among young people. You can read more on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Heather Carlson Kehren

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