Update on the opioid crisis

Deaths from opioid drug use have increased nationally as well as across Washington State. Medicines, especially prescription medications in one’s home medicine cabinet, are easily accessed by others and can be misused by someone wanting to get high. Moreover, many young children have been poisoned by taking medications they find in the bathroom medicine cabinet, whether it be at their home or while visiting someone else’s home. Once done taking a medication, many people think it’s okay to flush the medicine down the toilet or throw it in the trash. While our treatment plants are great at treating sewage, they are unable to filter out medicine. So, when you flush medicine down the toilet, you expose fish in our nearby waters to these chemicals. On October 28 2017 from 10am-2pm there will be a prescription drug take back day. You can bring prescription drugs that you no longer use to be disposed of safely. In Pierce County, there are currently 21 places that you can drop off unwanted medicine in secure drop- boxes. These places include law enforcement agencies and pharmacies. For a complete listing visit the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department web site.

Adapted from the October
Tartan article by Cyndi Wolfer,
RN, MSN,  Parish  NurseCyndi Wolfer Parish Nurse