By UPD Taylorsville Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant
The 6th National Prescription Medication Take-Back event will be held at Taylorsville City Hall on Saturday, April 27. These events have been very effective in reducing the rates of death, hospitalization, and emergency department visits for prescription overdoses in Utah.
An average of 23 Utahns die each month as a result of prescription opioid overdoses. These include, but are not limited to, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone and morphine.
- · From 2000 to 2011 prescriptions for hydrocodone and oxycodone have increased by a staggering 45.4% and 111.1% respectively.
- · 71.1% of overdose deaths can be attributed to substance abuse problems, including use of illegal drugs, abusing prescription medications, or using inhalants.
- · Prescription narcotic deaths outnumbered motor vehicle crash deaths in 2007.
Many families are impacted by the abuse of prescription opioids. Whether it’s a loved one battling the grips of addiction or the vehicle burglary whereby a window is broken and assorted items are stolen to support a costly and dangerous habit. The problem is substantial and the consequences are disheartening.
To assist your family, community, and law enforcement, please use these simple tips to minimize the risk of a loved one abusing or ultimately dying as a result of prescription opioid abuse:
- · Never take a prescription medication that is not prescribed to you.
- · Don’t use a prescription medication more often or in a higher dose than prescribed.
- · Store prescription medications in a safe or locked cabinet.
- · Keep track of all your medications, including frequently counting to ensure your medications are not being used or stolen by others.
- · Dispose of all unused and expired medications properly.