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Prescription drug take-back event this Saturday in Kamiah

Weekday medicine dropoff available in Cottonwood, Grangeville

Medications collection will be open in Kamiah this Saturday, Sept. 26, as part of the 10th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back event.

Outdated and unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kamiah Marshal’s Office, 507 Main Street.

Also participating are the Cottonwood and Grangeville police departments. Medications can be dropped off at collection boxes located at their respective city halls, Monday through Friday, during business hours.

Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement, the National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a public health issue of medicines that languish in home cabinets that are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

In a Free Press story in March, officials in Kamiah reported Idaho is fourth in the nation for prescription drug abuse for those ages 12 and older in the past year. Nationally, 2,500 youth, ages 12 to 17, daily abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time; and in 2012, one in four teens — about five million — reported having misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime.

Another aspect of public health, improperly disposed medications in landfills and sewer systems can contaminate groundwater, impacting the environment.

In a previous Kamiah Take-Back event, more than 42 pounds of unwanted medications were collected.


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