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St. Luke's Children's Hospital Sponsors Operation Medicine Drop

By Ken Dey, News and Community
April 19, 2011

Free Drug Take Back Event Helps Reduce Danger of Unused Medications

BOISE, Idaho On, Saturday, April 30, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies and organizations is participating in Operation Medicine Drop, a free prescription drug take back event.

The event is part of the second annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The free drop-off gives people an opportunity to safely dispose of any unwanted and expired medications including any pet medications and unknown tablets or capsules.

Operation Medicine Drop will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in all five communities served by St. Luke’s including Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum and McCall.

The drop-off locations include:

  • Boise – Idaho Statehouse, 700 W. Jefferson St.
  • Meridian – St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center, 520 S. Eagle Rd.
  • Twin Falls – Canyon Ridge High School, 300 N. College Road W.
  • Ketchum – Ketchum Police Department, 480 East Ave. N.
  • Hailey - Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, 1650 Aviation Dr.
  • McCall – McCall Senior Citizens Center, 701 North 1st Street.
Disposing of unwanted prescriptions has never been more important. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.

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