Saturday, April 27, 2019 marks National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. To learn more and available locations, click here.
The week of April 29-May 3, several of HPC’s clinic sites will have free information to help educate patients and the community about the Opioid Epidemic. Information will include prevention tips on how to safely dispose of unused and unwanted medications and how to prevent drug misuse and protect the environment. Materials are available in English and Spanish.
A limited number of free drug disposal bags will also be available on a first-come, first- served basis at the following clinic sites during regular work hours:
Olathe: 407 S. Clairborne Rd., Ste. 104
Paola: 1604 Industrial Park Dr.
Ottawa: 107 S. Main St.
Last year, HPC received a $285,000 grant to enhance its mental health and substance treatment services. The funds allowed the clinic to add behavioral health staff members, increase funding for patient transportation, provide clinical staff training and support other related services.
Did you know?
- An estimated 130+ people die every day from an opioid-related drug overdose.
- 4 million people misuse prescription opioids each year.
- 1 million people have an opioid use disorder.
- 5 percent of 12th graders used a prescription drug without a prescription in 2017.
- Over 70 percent of patients reported that their prescription opioids were not stored in secured containers.