MATForce Dump the Drugs collects 700 pounds
YAVAPAI COUNTY - MATForce's Dump the Drugs event on Oct. 29 collected a record-breaking 700 pounds of unwanted medication, keeping potentially dangerous drugs out of the hands of youth and out of our waters. This brings the total of prescription drugs from previous Dump the Drugs events to a staggering 6,000 pounds.
MATForce sponsored the event in partnership with eight local law enforcement agencies as part of National Prescription Drug-Take Back Day. MATForce's prescription drug abuse campaign, called "Who's Counting?," is counting the numbers because abuse is at an all-time high. Drug related deaths are now the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Prescription drugs account for more accidental drug deaths than cocaine and heroin combined.
Deputy Scott Reed of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said, "We applaud the citizens of our community who took time to clean out their medicine cabinets and properly dispose of unwanted medication. In light of the huge prescription drug abuse epidemic that our nation faces, we can be especially proud of our community's response."
For more information on "Prescription Drug Abuse - Who's Counting?" contact MATForce at (928) 708-0100 or online at matforce.org.