Rural America is encouraged to take part in ‘National Prescription Drug Take Back Day’

Tomorrow is “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.” Rural America is encouraged to take part because disposing of unused prescriptions keeps the drugs out of the water supply, and it also helps stop addiction.

Three out of four farmers say that it is easy to access leftover medication. That is the same percentage who say that they are directly impacted by the opioid epidemic.

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation says that there are several ways to dispose of the medication.

The foundation’s director, Ruth Linkenmeyer-Meirick states, “You can find a take back location in your area by just Googling ‘National Take Back Day.’ The other thing that you can also do is, you can safely dispose of your prescription meds any time of year by dropping them off at a local pharmacy or stopping at your local sheriff’s station. There’s also some in-home kits that you can use, but regardless of how you dispose of unused prescription meds, if we can eliminate that temptation-- we can help make an impact.”

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