Group Hosts Annual Drug Take-Back Day


A quick look inside your bathroom medicine cabinet or cupboards could yield something troublesome. Do you have expired or unused medication lying around?

Research has found that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, many taken right from the medicine cabinet. The majority of those abusing prescription drugs are between the ages of 18 and 24.

One local group wants to take those prescription meds off your hand to dispose of them safely. The R.E.A.C.H. Coalition is once again partnering with Lewiston Police and Lewis-Clark State College for Drug Take-Back Day.

LCSC nursing students Hope Wallace and Samantha Faulkner are two of the volunteers who are working to keep those drugs out of the wrong hands.

They say Drug Take-Back Day's main goal is, "Just trying to make it so that drugs aren't on the counter, and people who are maybe impressionable and don't really know not to take them, don't get them. The whole goal is to keep people from going down that road."

The 3rd Annual Drug Take-Back Day is Wednesday, October 25th at the LCSC Library parking lot. The free, no-questions-asked event runs from 10 A.M. until 2 P.M.

Nursing students, staff, and police officers will be accepting prescription and over-the-counter medications as well as vitamins and supplements. They're even accepting pet medications.

However they will not accept syringes or needles, liquids, or inhalers. You can cross out your personal info on prescription bottles, but they ask you not remove labels or medicine information.

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