It’s hard to believe April is already here!
The flowers are beginning to bloom, the temperatures are rising, and summer is right around the corner.
Although we are only 2 days into the new month, the Sona team would like to remind you to mark your calendars for a very important day: Saturday, April 28th.
What is April 28th?
April 28th is the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
As the Opioid Crisis continues to spread across the nation, returning expired, unused, or no longer needed prescription medications is one of the most important actions you can take to help our community.
Dropping off medications to the proper receptacles may not seem like a big deal, but it truly can keep drugs out of the wrong hands.
Why is april 28th an important day?
Western North Carolina, like much of the country, has been drastically impacted by the opioid epidemic:
- – Over 17 million painkillers were prescribed in Buncombe County in 2016
- – This statistic equals almost 68 pills for every adult and child in Buncombe County
- – From January to August 2017, there were 230 opioid overdose emergency department visits in Buncombe County
- – Nearly 400 babies delivered at Mission Hospital tested positive for drugs in 2016
- – Nearly 800 Buncombe County inmates were treated for withdrawal in 2016, an increase from about 450 inmates in 2014
If you would like to learn more about the scale of the epidemic in WNC, Buncombe County government offers a great resource at: Buncombe County Closer.
How Can I Help?
Drug take-back days are an easy way to help keep prescription medications out of the wrong hands.
Please stop by Sona Pharmacy’s Drug Take-Back event on April 28th from 10 am – 2 pm with your no longer needed prescriptions. Members of Substance Free Buncombe Youth will be on-site to help educate on the opioid epidemic as well.
If you are planning to drop off medications, please take a look at the below guidelines:
- – Please remove identification from all medications
- – Separate pill, liquids and inhalers
- – Use a different disposable paper or plastic bag for each type of medication
- – Empty dry pill medications into a bag; leave liquid medications in their original container and place in a separate bag
- – No radioactive medications
- – No needles or sharps accepted
If you would like to drop off medications prior to April 28th, drug take-back boxes are a convenient option.
Drug take-back boxes are medication disposal boxes that are permanently available at local law enforcement offices. These boxes allow you to securely dispose of prescription medications without the concern of them being diverted.
A list of local drop box locations are listed below:
|Buncombe||Asheville Police Department
100 Court Plaza Asheville
|Transylvania||Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office
153 Public Safety Way Brevard
|Haywood||Haywood County Sheriff’s Office
1620 Brown Ave Waynesville
|Henderson||Henderson County Sheriff’s Office
100 North Grove Street Hendersonville
|Madison||Madison County Sheriff’s Department
348 Medical Park Drive Marshall
Thank you for taking the time to read more about the options you have in helping fight the Opioid Epidemic in Western North Carolina.
We hope to see you at Sona Pharmacy + Clinic for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back day on April 28th!