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Narconon Suncoast Reminds Families that National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, October 22nd

national drug give back dayClearwater, Florida – Narconon Suncoast drug rehabilitation program is urging families to clean old and unneeded prescription drugs out their medicine cabinets this weekend in preparation for National Rx Drug Take-Back Day on  Saturday, October 22nd.

This annual event helps purge unwanted drugs from homes where they might be easily diverted into the hands of a young person or drug-seeker.   Addicts aged 18-15 report that the number one source for their initial prescription drug abuse was a medicine cabinet of a friend or family member.

The DEA’s Take-Back Initiative highlights the prescription drug abuse epidemic while also addressing other public health issues like accidental poisonings, disposal and misuse.  Additionally the campaign seeks to raise American awareness that the previously held practice for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Last April’s event, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills.

For more information about prescription drug abuse, symptoms of addiction and drug testing, contact Narconon Suncoast Rehabilitation. If you suspect someone has become addicted to prescription medications, please call and speak with a counselor immediately.


October 22, 2016
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims 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.

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Narconon Suncoast’s community drug abuse prevention program is focusing on prescription drug abuse awareness this month.  The drug treatment center provides complimentary parent/family drug abuse prevention seminars in Clearwater and Living Sober meetings in Dunedin, Florida.  These meetings and seminars help reinforce the key steps to living a healthy, drug-free life and learning how to help those suffering with addiction.  The Living Sober meetings also provide drug prevention information for families and coaching on how to talk to someone about addiction and get them into treatment.  October’s topic is “Getting an Addict into Treatment and Healing the Family.”

More information:

Yvonne Rodgers

Director of Community Services

(727) 304-4176

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