Protect your loved ones by participating in Utah Take Back Day this Saturday, October 27th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Utah Take Back, a bi-annual event in April and October, is a day set aside to help this great state properly dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted prescriptions. Last April our local law enforcement partners collected 17,364 pounds of prescriptions drugs!
Utah Take Back Day is free of charge and anonymous. Collection sites are set-up throughout the entire state and this Saturday includes a site at the Capitol.
Find the site nearest to you here. The following items are returnable:
Over the counter medicines
Vitamins, pet medicines
Medicated ointments and lotions
Liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers (up to 12 ounces)
At a press conference today, D.A.R.E. America announced its entrance into the fight against opioids by unveiling a new curriculum focused specifically on the dangers of opioids and prescription drugs. Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes and DEA District Agent in Charge Brian Besser were on hand to support the new move for the decades-old program.
Over 2.5 million Utah students have been trained in drug awareness and preventions since D.A.R.E. launched almost three decades ago. However, as the challenges of youth have changed, the D.A.R.E. education programs have had to evolve to meet those ever-increasing needs.
The recent rise of opioid addiction and overdose deaths have compelled D.A.R.E. America to create lesson plans that help students navigate a new reality throughout the states.
These lesson plans go beyond the traditional “Just Say No” slogan to strategies that provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to help their peers who may be struggling as well as make good and healthy decisions in every area of life.
Today, Attorney General Sean D. Reyes helped lead a discussion with leaders from over forty federal, state, local, and tribal organizations, on the value of partnerships and other tools in combating the opioid crisis in America. You can read the official media release here. Shout out to the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs staff for hosting a very informative, classy, consequential event.
Let’s save some lives.
Event begins at the 29-minute mark.
Here is the breakdown of comments made in the opening forum (the smaller breakout sessions afterward were not live-streamed). One of the highlights of the discussion – in our humble opinion – was when AG Reyes highlighted the powerful Utah partnerships that make fighting the opioids crisis a winnable effort.
Honored & privileged to sit on @WhiteHouse Best Practices to Combat Opioid Crisis Summit panel today with US Surgeon General and other experts & over 40 reps from states and territories in attendance. Hopeful for positive outcomes and action items. #utpolpic.twitter.com/fBhulCToMd
In related news, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the Support for Patients and Communities Act while we were meeting today. You can read up on the bill here. Another step in the right direction.