Misuse and abuse of opioid painkillers, as well as opioid overdose and dependence, is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. Did you know that in 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were 1,014 overdose deaths involving opioids in Georgia?
That many deaths in a one-year period is a rate of 9.7 deaths per 100,000 people. Most of the overdose deaths occurred from misuse, abuse, or addiction to opioids. This misuse, abuse, or addiction to opioids is fueled at least in part to the high number of opioids being prescribed in Georgia. The CDC has reported that, “in 2017, Georgia medical providers wrote 70.9 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons, compared to the average U.S. rate of 58.7 prescriptions. This is the lowest rate in the state of Georgia since 2006 when this data became available.”
This over prescribing because of consumer demand has been the major driver of most of these overdose deaths. Where do these over prescribed opioids end up? In yours, your grandparents’, or friend’s home, leaving these “controlled substances” readily available in the home. Prescription drugs that are not locked up or disposed of properly very often end up in the hands and mouths of people that they were not prescribed for and to often end a loved one’s life!
What if one of those deaths were a family member or friend?
Now let me ask you something; What if one of those 1,014 people that died from an overdose were one of your family members or friends? How motivated would you be to get involved and DO something about the opioid epidemic? Very motivated I would venture to say.
Well you CAN DO something about it on October 26. Get involved by participating in the DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 26 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Residents of Fayette County can participate in the National DEA Take Back Day by disposing of their unused, unneeded, and expired medications at one of the following locations:
Peachtree City Police Department (350 Georgia HWY 74 N, PTC 30269)
Fayetteville Police Department (780 Jimmie Mayfield Blvd. Fayetteville)
Fayette County Sheriff’s Office (155 Johnson St. Fayetteville)
Additional drop box locations within Georgia and more information can be found by visiting takebackday.dea.gov, as well as visiting prescriptiondrugdisposal.com.
When you drive to one of the above locations on October 26, simply drive up, hand your medications to the law enforcement officer who is present, and they will take it from there.
Keep in mind: No sharps, liquids, or aerosols can be accepted.
You can make a difference
Make a difference — participate and do your part to curb this epidemic. Not only will you be saving lives, you will be protecting Georgia’s and Fayette County’s water supply. Dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs at a Drug Drop Box location. Don’t flush or throw them away in your trash — the environment and animals will thank you.