Four Corners Health Department — Alcohol Awareness Month and Drug Take Back Day

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This is a time to raise awareness of substance use and misuse. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, people who drank twice the amount of the standard drink size for their gender were 70 times more likely to have an alcohol-related emergency room visit. Do you know what is considered one standard drink? Twelve ounces of beer; eight ounces of malt liquor; five ounces of wine; and 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits or liquor are considered standard drinks.

Polysubstance use is when two or more substances are used together, or within a short time of each other. Whether this is planned or not, using alcohol and other substances is unsafe because the results may be stronger and harder to predict than one drug alone, and even deadly. Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol puts you and others in harm’s way and kills thousands of people each year.

By getting rid of unneeded medications from your home, you are helping prevent medication misuse and drug addiction from ever starting. If you have unneeded medications in your home, the Drug Enforcement Administration will host its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more than a decade, the event has helped Americans easily rid their homes of unneeded medications — those which are old, unwanted or expired — that too often become a gateway to addiction. Take Back Day offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at close to 5,000 local drop-off spots nationwide.

Check with your pharmacy to see if they take back unwanted drugs and see if they have any limits on what they take back.

If you have unused medicine, Four Corners has free Deterra pouches. You put unused medications into a Deterra pouch, fill with water, seal, shake, and throw away in the trash. It is safe and non-toxic to use.

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