Why It Matters

Benefits of Proper Disposal

Reduce access to addictive medications for accidental or intentional misuse and overdose by youth and others in the home

● Decrease water contamination due to pharmaceutical medications being flushed down the drains in our homes, or contained in our landfills

● Reduce illegal narcotic sales in East Texas

● Reduce law enforcement efforts required to respond to burglaries and thefts involving prescription drugs

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Facts About the Opioid Epidemic

● According to the CDC, opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record.

● Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.

● According to the 2016 Region 4 Community Needs Assessment, Region 4 (23 counties across East Texas, includes Smith County) has the highest reported past 30-day use and third-highest lifetime use of non-medical prescription drugs in the state.

● According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, people who abuse or are dependent on prescription opioid painkillers are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.

● According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most teenagers who abuse prescription drugs are given to them for free by a friend or relative.