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The Carthage Police Department has a medication drug take-back box year-round.

The event's objective is to "provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications", according to officials. This service is free and anonymous, as no questions will be asked. "The majority of these accidental poisonings generally come from the medicine cabinets in our homes - the drugs we no longer need or have even forgotten are there". Medicines left unused in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse, a sheriff's office news release said. It's important to get rid of unused prescriptions to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. There has been a 150 percent increase in the number of drug overdose deaths in Oklahoma over the last 15 years, with prescription drugs being involved in 69 to 78 percent of these fatalities in the last five years, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

Prescriptions can be dropped off on Friday at two locations; Family Pharmacy, 21 S. Main St.in Dayton, from 2 to 4 p.m., and Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 115 S. 29th St., from 3 to 5 p.m.

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Officials also point out that opioid abuse is at epidemic levels in the USA and a top public health concern.

The organization is accepting both prescription and over-the-counter medications.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.


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