National Prescription Drug take back day set for April 28th

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Guam – Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken with out a prescription and it is one of the more easily obtainable drugs available.

10.7 percent of our island’s high school students have reported taking prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, percocet, vicodin, aderall, ritalin or xanax, without a doctor’s prescription. This is according to the 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment.

In 2016, 43 minors were remanded to the custody of the Department of Youth Affairs for substance related offenses.

According to the DEA, the majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends and the home medicine cabinet.

In fact, unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue as it can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.

The DEA shares that non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.

They further state that unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash, can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold and improper disposal of medication can contaminate the environment.

So what can you do to properly dispose of unused drugs?

Well, you can participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The program is run by the DEA and allows for the disposal of unwanted drugs to avoid misuse.

On April 28, 2018, a drop off box will be available at three locations, the Agana Shopping Center, Naval Base Guam and Anderson Air force Base Exchanges, from 10 am to 2pm.

For the guidelines regarding the types of medication acceptable visit www.dea.gov for more information.

If you can not make it to the drop off points the DEA says other options available for disposing meds is to take them out of their bottles, mix them with something unappealing such as used kitty litter or coffee grounds and seal them in a bag before throwing them away.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.