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Providence hosting collection site for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Sept. 29

ANCHORAGE, AK - Providence Alaska Medical Center is hosting a drive-thru collection site during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Alaskans are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications to the drive-thru disposal site, located near Entrance 4, outside of Providence Imaging Center. Medications will be disposed of in a safe, legal and environmentally friendly way. There is no charge for the service.

This national initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. According to the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high. The 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Event details

Who:              Alaskans who want to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications.

What:             As part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Providence Alaska Medical Center is hosting a drive-thru collection site.

When:            10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29

Where:           Providence Alaska Medical Center

                        3200 Providence Drive

                        Entrance 4, near Providence Imaging Center

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