The 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, October 23, 2021
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Help prevent drug misuse. Take back unneeded medications for safe disposal.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.
- 3 out of 4 heroin addicts started with prescription opioids.
- People addicted to prescription pain killers are 40x more likely to be heroin addicts.
- Many of these people become desperate and go looking for pain killers in their family and friends’ homes.
The opioid epidemic is real.
There were 4,854 unintentional drug overdose deaths in Ohio in 2017.
It’s impacting families, communities, schools, places of employment. People are looking for solutions – ways they can get involved – ways to help.
We’ve collaborated with local groups, churches, ministries and organizations to combine efforts and work together to solve this problem. GreaterThanHeroin.com is a resource center and place you can educate yourself and find the tools and resources to get involved. This packet has some simple and easy ways for you to get involved.
Many do not UNDERSTAND why or how other people become addicted to drugs.
It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior.
In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so.
– National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Staying informed is the first step we can all take to fight the serious epidemic of heroin addiction happening in our community and surrounding areas. The reality is this is happening close to home. In our own families. Please have an open mind and heart…understanding is greater than heroin. We can make a difference together.
Greater than Heroin is a group of civic and faith leaders from Northeast Ohio committed
to addressing the heroin epidemic through understanding, collaboration, and awareness.
– Understanding through care, compassion, and support.
– Collaboration through community engagement and coalition building.
– Awareness through community education and resources