Roseville participating in National Drug Take-Back Day

Unused prescription pills can cause clutter and confusion, or worse, addiction, after falling into the wrong hands.

Understanding that sometimes folks don’t know the best way to get rid of such medications, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency began organizing drug take-back days, setting up collection sites with help from local law enforcement agencies.

On the last take-back day, held in October, people turned in some 914,000 pounds of drugs at nearly 5,800 collection sites across the country.

The Roseville Police Department is taking part in the next National Drug Take-Back Day, which is Saturday, April 27. Police officials will be in the Macy’s overflow parking lot at Rosedale Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. collecting unwanted drugs.

Roseville Patrol Lt. Joe Adams said many households have such unwanted drugs laying around, and the department aims to collect as much of them as possible.

Of greatest concern is collecting unused opioid painkillers, which are the cause of an epidemic of addiction and overdose.

According to the national Centers for Disease Control, 70,237 drug overdose deaths occurred in the U.S. in 2017. Opioids, the centers said, were involved in 47,600, or 67.8% of those deaths.

For the Roseville area, Adams said it was difficult to pinpoint how many overdoses local first responders encounter, though he guessed that police officers, firefighters and EMTs are involved in 25 overdose saves a year.

Adams has personally administered Narcan, an overdose antidote, to overdose victims, saving their lives. All Roseville cops carry the nasal spray, which officials say is in high demand.

Corey Yunke, Roseville police community relations coordinator, said folks will come to the police department front desk about once a month looking to get rid of pills, though the department can’t accept them that way. Roseville PD does distribute drug bags, which neutralize pills. The bags, with pills inside, can then be thrown in the trash.

Adams stressed that opioid addiction and overdose affects the whole community, be it teens who start out taking the drugs as a prescription following a sports injury, or grandmothers who accidentally take a double dose in the course of their pain management plan.

Roseville police distributed flyers about the take-back day event at area apartments and senior living communities, and hope for a solid turnout, and take-back.

 

—Mike Munzenrider

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