Avera Supports Drug Take-Back Day to Help Curb Opioid Dangers
In the face of a deadly national opioid abuse and overdose epidemic, Avera Health is supporting and leading multiple efforts to combat these problems.
Avera encourages participation in national Drug Take-Back Day set for Saturday, Oct. 28. A wide range of locations will accept unused or expired prescription medications including opioids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day with no questions asked.
“We encourage patients and families to consider what opioids are present in their homes and medicine cabinets. This is often how potential misuse can begin. Teens might find them and think they’re safe, just because a doctor has prescribed them. These drugs are quite valuable after an injury or post-surgery. But when the need is no longer there, it’s time to get rid of them, and the Drug Take-Back Day is the perfect opportunity to dispose of them safely,” said Matthew Stanley, DO, Vice President for Avera’s Behavioral Health Clinical Service Line.
A list of participating locations is below. Also, in Sioux Falls, a drop box is always available in the lobby of the Law Enforcement Center, 320 W. 4th St., and the lobby is open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Avera began its Responsible Prescribing Program in 2016, and more than 1,700 controlled substance abuse agreements have been signed between patients and providers. Avera is also continuing to review its approaches to pain management and it has also taken steps to make it easier for physicians to prescribe electronically to reduce the risk of fraudulent prescriptions.
The health system’s pharmacy also joined with Hy-Vee pharmacy locations to offer over-the-counter access to naloxone, an anti-overdose drug that can save lives. In addition, AveraNow can help people in need of naloxone access a prescription through their smartphone, tablet or laptop. This service can especially help individuals and families at rural locations.
Avera also recently partnered with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to host a conference focused on efforts to curb the impact of opioid abuse. That Oct. 18 event included noted speakers from across the nation and the state of South Dakota who shared insights with a large group of more than 400 individuals from all walks of life including law enforcement, government, health care, education and social services and many others.
Drug Take-Back Day Locations in South Dakota
On Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., turn in your unused or expired prescription medication for safe disposal at the following South Dakota locations:
• Perkins County Sheriff’s Office
• Brandon Police Department
• Flandreau Tribal Police Office
• Harrisburg City Hall
• Kyle Juvenile Detention Center
• Yankton Sioux Tribal Police Department
• Lower Brule Agency
• Huron Police Department
• Fort Thompson Police Department
• Madison Police Department
• Lake County Sheriff’s Office
• Hand County Sheriff’s Office
• Pierre City Hall Commission Room
• Pine Ridge IHS Hospital Lobby
• Spink County Courthouse
• Spearfish Police Department
• Watertown Police Department
• Winner Police Department