Andersen to host 5th National Drug Take Back

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Andersen to host 5th National Drug Take Back

by: Airman 1st Class Mariah Haddenham | .
36th Wing Public Affairs | .
published: September 19, 2012

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE - Andersen will be participating in the drug enforcement association's 5th National Drug Take -back Sept. 29, with a drop-off location at the Andersen Base Exchange.

"This is an opportunity for people to turn in their old or unused prescription medications without question or scrutiny," said Lt. Col. Daniel Heser, 36th Wing Medical Support Squadron commander.

The goal of the prescription take back is to give people a safe way to dispose of medications that are either expired or no longer in use. This prevents the prescriptions from being disposed improperly.

"The National Drug Take Back initiative is a great opportunity for everyone to dispose of their drugs in the proper way," said Jennifer Arce, 36th MDSS contract Air Force patient safety manager. "Many people have medications in their cabinets without a way to dispose of them. It is illegal to dispose of medications in the trash or by flushing it down the toilet."

This event helps take old and unused medications out of circulation. The drug take back will prevent those medications from being used after expiration or abused.

"The misuse of prescription drugs has always been and will continue to be a concern," said Colonel Heser. "Prescriptions written by doctors, for patients, were written for a reason, and it can be very harmful to person's health to take someone else's medication. An allergic reaction could take place or react with other medications in that person's system."

The event is meant to improve patient safety of both adults and children.

"The statistics of children dying from accidentally ingesting medication from their parents cabinets are on the rise," said Ms. Arce. "Disposing of your expired or unwanted medication is crucial for the safety of your toddlers, teenagers, and even yourself. We are urging everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of their unwanted drugs."

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