Brief: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day slated for Saturday in Craig | CraigDailyPress.com

Brief: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day slated for Saturday in Craig

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Craig Police Department personnel will be collecting expired and unused prescription and over the counter medications for disposal at the Centennial Mall parking lot between Village Inn and O'Reilly's Auto Parts.

Needles, syringes, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized containers and illicit drugs will not be accepted.

The event is taking place in partnership with National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which began to address concerns with prescription drug abuse among teenagers, according to a police department news release.

Between 2010 and 2011 Coloradans turned in more than 35,000 pounds of unused medications, according to the release.

Yet, in 2010 twice the number of people died from prescription drug abuse than from drunk driving related crashes in Colorado, the release states.

But, many teens think prescription drugs are safer than street drugs because a physician prescribes them.

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They also are readily available in family medicine cabinets, making abuse prevention more difficult, the release states.

For more information, call 826-2360.