Sisseton Area Prescription Drug Take Back Day
On Saturday, April 27, Coteau des Prairies Healthcare System, Aliive-Roberts County, SWO Tribal Opioid Response Program, the State of South Dakota's Avoid Opioid project, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will partner to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills for disposal to the Coteau des Prairies Clinic from 10 am to 2 pm or to Woodrow Wilson Keeble Memorial Health Care Center Pharmacy from 1 pm to 5 pm (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Local data show that 45.9% of all reported suicide attempts in our area since 2011 have been related to a medicine overdose. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.