Safe and Sound: Phoebe to host drug take back event

Safe and Sound: Phoebe To Host Drug Take Back Event Next Week

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - After a successful drug take back day in October, Phoebe Putney Health System is bringing back the life-saving event.

After a successful drug take back day in October, Phoebe Putney Health System is bringing back the life-saving event.
After a successful drug take back day in October, Phoebe Putney Health System is bringing back the life-saving event. (Source: WVIR)

Dr. Jason Langer with Phoebe said a lot of times the people who get addicted to opioids aren’t actually prescribed the medicine.

They get them from unused bottles sitting inside the medicine cabinets of friends and family.

Last year, they collected 400 pounds of medications and they’re trying to beat that number this year.

The main goal is to dispose of the medication properly to get them out of the wrong hands and avoid an overdose.

Dr. Jason Langer with Phoebe said a lot of times the people who get addicted to opioids aren’t actually prescribed the medicine.
Dr. Jason Langer with Phoebe said a lot of times the people who get addicted to opioids aren’t actually prescribed the medicine. (Source: WALB)

”So, we’ve seen a direct correlation between heroin overdoses and prescription opioid abuse as well, so hopefully, we can stop the problem before it starts,” Langer said.

The drug take back event is on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

They’ve partnered with the DEA and other organizations across the community.

You can drive up and drop off your unused medications at Phoebe Main, Phoebe Sumter and Phoebe Worth Medical Center.

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