Earlier this week I wrote a post about marijuana use and Christianity – today we have a different, but important national event: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Soaring rates of abuse of prescription drugs — especially painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin — are a key reason for the annual event. Abuse rates in the United States are alarmingly high, the DEA said, with 6.8 million Americans abusing prescription drugs — nearly twice as many as those using cocaine, heroin, inhalants and hallucinogens combined.
Studies also show that most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including those lifted from home medicine cabinets.
During the six previous drug take-back days, people turned in nearly 2.8 million pounds of prescription drugs, the DEA said. Last year, more than 5,800 collection sites were operated by more than 4,300 of the agency’s law enforcement partners.
This is obviously a problem that is affecting millions of people, and therefore something that God cares about and something that we as Christians should care about.
Here is a list of participating drop-off sites in the St Vrain Valley, from the Longmont Times-Call:
- Erie Police Department, 645 Holbrook St., Erie, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the police department at 303-926-2800.
- Longmont United Hospital, 1950 Mountain View Ave., Longmont, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the City’s Pollution Prevention Program at 303-651-8667 or the Utility Call Center at 303-651-8416.
- Firestone Police Department, 151 Grant Ave., Firestone, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the police department at 303-833-0811.
- Dacono City Hall, 512 Cherry St., Dacono, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call city hall at 303-833-5528.
- Lafayette Police Department, 745 U.S. Highway 287, Lafayette, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the police department at 303-665-5571 ext. 4123.
- Mead Town Hall, 441 Third St., Mead, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 970-356-4015.
Be praying for those whose lives are being affected by drug abuse, and help prevent it by participating in this national event.