MCHD supports Take Back Day for prescription medicines 04.24.2024

April 24, 2024

MCHD supports Take Back Day for prescription medicines

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) is supporting the National Drug Take Back Day events happening across Mobile County. The number of opioid overdose deaths and overdose visits to emergency rooms is increasing, and to combat this issue, the Drug Enforcement Administration is organizing the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27.

During the last Take Back Day, the DEA collected tons of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications. The public can drop off their expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications at designated collection sites across the community. To learn more about the event, please visit https://www.dea.gov/takebackday.

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Mobile Police Department (MPD) and Mobile County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) will have designated drop-off locations for the public. MPD will provide a drop-off location at its headquarters located at 2460 Government Street in Mobile. MCSO will have drop-off events held at Walgreens, CVS, and COSTCO locations from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Walgreens locations include 5705 Cottage Hill Road, 5530 Three Notch Road Rd, and 3948 Airport Boulevard, the CVS Pharmacy locations include 4453 Old Shell Road and 1401 Hillcrest Road, and the COSTCO located at 1450 Tingle Circle E.

Deirdre Johnson, a MCHD Peer Recovery Specialist, will provide resources and educational materials to the public during the event at the MPD Headquarters.

It is important to dispose of any unwanted or expired medications safely and legally. Law enforcement will be present to accept any controlled substance medications for disposal.

“This is a great community program to support our residents by reducing the number of unneeded prescription medications that lead to substance use in our community,” said Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County. “Many studies show that the abused prescription drugs come from family and friends who unknowingly allow them to be taken by others.”

If you want to know more about the Mobile County Health Department’s Overdose Prevention program, please call 251-410-6322. Overdose Prevention focuses on the complex and changing nature of the drug overdose epidemic. It highlights the need for an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and cohesive public health approach.

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