ROCHESTER, Minn.-October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month and one surefire way to prevent drug abuse is to throw away any old prescribed medications.
One way Rochester residents can safely dispose old medications is at a drop-off event tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gonda West Entrance on Third Avenue Southwest at the Mayo Clinic for “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.”
It is one easy way to curb the substance abuse problem: There were more than 72,000 deaths that occurred from drug overdose in 2017.
It is especially important for Rochester residents to attend this event since Minnesota residents have different resources for drug disposals compared to other states.
“I think a lot of people don’t know what to do with old medications, a lot of people think they can bring them back to the pharmacy and unfortunately we can’t take them,” Danielle Roach, a pharmacist with Olmsted Medical Center said. “Some other states allow for that, allow for the pharmacies to take back medications but in Minnesota, we don’t. So patients need to have some sort of resource to go to dispose of old medications.”
Getting rid of those old drugs can also curb drug abuse because it prevents other people from grabbing them in the medicine cabinets.
“Some drug abuse is because of taking other people’s medications,” Roach said.