Congresswoman Mia Love is urging Utahns to utilize the drug take-back event as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 28.
Nationwide, the DEA has announced it will permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies.
As Utah families, medical professionals and law enforcement continue to confront the opioid epidemic, prescription drug deaths have skyrocketed over the last 5 years. Many children and teenagers obtain those drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinet. Take Back Day provides another opportunity to have an important conversation to raise awareness of this problem.
“Drug abuse is affecting a lot of Utah families, and it’s absolutely heartbreaking,” Congresswoman Love said. “Studies have shown that many young people start drug abuse with prescriptions they find at home. My advice is to properly dispose of those unused prescriptions as soon as possible.”
Statewide, there are 132 collection sites, which will accept any unused prescription drugs. They will NOT accept needles, lancets, or syringes; thermometers; aerosol cans; empty containers; bloody or infectious waste; personal care products (i.e., non-medicated shampoo); hydrogen peroxide; and business waste.
Redwood Health Centh Pharmacy – University of Utah Neighborhood Pharmacy Permanent Dropbox Location 1525 W. 2100 S. Salt Lake City UT 84119 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Southwest Utah Plublic Health Department Permanent Dropbox Location 445 North Main Kanab UT 84741 Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; every other Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (or by appointment), closed for lunch