GUILFORD COUNTY - Prescription drug abuse is being called an epidemic in our community. And, there's a statewide program developed to reduce the number of overdoses and deaths from this problem. One of the ways you can help is to get rid of your prescription drugs the right way.
Tracy Roche with Alcohol and Drug Services in High Point and Jeff Pruett with Partnership for Community Care joined WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain Thursday on the Good Morning Show to talk about the event.
"Project Lazarus is being rolled out to reduce the number of Opioid overdoses and deaths in North Carolina," explained Roche. "It's a safe way to dispose of old and unused medicines."
"In the U.S., someone dies of a drug overdose every 19 minutes," explained Pruett.
The free prescription drug drop off also helps prevent accidental poisoning, misuse and abuse and helps protect our waterways.
"You can't flush them (prescriptions) down the toilet because water treatment facilities don't remove all medicines from the water," explained Pruett.
Officers will accept prescription, vet and over-the-counter medicines. For safety reasons, they cannot take sharps (like needles, lancets, Epipens), inhalers and liquids.
On Saturday, October 26, officers will collect medicines, no questions asked. It's fast, easy and free.
There are several locations where you can drop them off. You can take them to McLarty Drug in High Point from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or the following locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. :
The Oriental Shrine Club
Walgreens on East Cornwallis Dr., High Point Road, Lawndale Drive., West Market Street, Spring Garden Street, and North Elm Street.
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