By Carol A. Gasser Moore
LAKELAND, Georgia – South Georgia Medical Center-Lanier Campus is teaming up with the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) and the Lanier County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO). They are hosting a National Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday, April 22, from 10am-2pm.
The event will be held at SGMC-Lanier Campus, 116 W Thigpen Avenue, Lakeland. The community is encouraged to participate. The event is scheduled for the same day as the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day,
The goal of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of expired and unused prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for misuse and abuse of medications.
According to a national survey on drug use and health, the majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends. Generally, they are often from a medicine cabinet at home. In addition, unused or expired drugs can hurt people, pets, and the environment if they are lost, stolen, or misused.
Community participants have the opportunity to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths by participating in this event. It is known that by taking at least this one simple step, our communities become safer and healthier. This single simple step contributes to the reduction of medication overdoses and overdose deaths. Our community contributes by doing its part to turn in unneeded medications and remove them from potential harm, we are doing our part to further reduce drug-related violence.