Eternal Hope Healthcare & Spalding Co Sheriff’s Dept. join forces w/DEA for National RX Take back
Eternal Hope Healthcare and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department join forces with the DEA for National RX take back day
Eternal Hope Healthcare (EHHC) is partnering with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department to sponsor the prescription drug take-back day offered by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 27.
This is the16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Department, 401 Justice Blvd in Griffin, will provide a safe, anonymous collection location for the event.
“I am excited to partner with Eternal Hope Healthcare on the prescription drug tack-back day,” said Sherriff Darrell Dix. “A Sheriff's Deputy will be present during the event to secure all discarded medications for proper destruction.”
Since 2010, when the agency began holding the event twice a year in April and October, the DEA has collected and incinerated over 4,982 tons of unwanted, unused, and potentially dangerous medications.
“Eternal Hope’s hospice division understands the crisis our country and community is in with the opioid epidemic,” said Eternal Hope CEO Eddie Grogan. “We work with families across central Georgia providing dignity and quality of life for those dealing with chronic, life challenging illnesses. Many of those patients are prescribed medications that are no longer needed for pain.”
“The drug take-back day provides those families a way to dispose of those medications in a way that keeps them out of the hands of others that may abuse them or sell them putting these drugs on our streets,” said Grogan. “It is our hope our friends and neighbors will participate is this program as we all come together to protect our community.”
For more information on this local event, call Susan Wilson-Tucker, director of Community Education for Eternal Hope Healthcare, at 770-846-2295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, go to DEAtakeback.com.
By Landra Larson