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Drug misuse, abuse starts, ends in your medicine cabinet

Sorry to add yet another item to your “to do” list, but you should really clean out those old medications.

You’ve probably forgotten the hydrocodone – barely used following your last operation — now

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David Rauzi drauzi@idahocountyfreepress.com

buried behind the new supplies of decongestant and kid vitamins. But it and many other prescription meds are back there. Just sitting.

And that’s a problem.

At the least, when you do spot this stuff during a moment’s cleaning, you’ll toss it in the trash or flush it. Yeah, a bad idea as those chemicals can find their way into streams or ground water.

Or maybe it just disappears? Well, not really. Someone liberated it from the medicine cabinet for his or her own personal abuse, or maybe saw the opportunity for some quick cash in selling your meds to a pal at school.

That summarizes the problem with unused and out-of-date medications; due to their easy availability, there is being seen a large increase – according to the Idaho Office of Drug Policy – of their misuse, abuse and of overdose deaths.

The solution to this is easy to implement: Contact your doctor, pharmacy, hospital or local law enforcement on where to dispose of these meds. This week you’re lucky as the Grangeville Police Department is hosting a collection event this Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at city hall, 225 West North Street. All collected meds are turned in to the Drug Enforcement Agency, which incinerates them.

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