Kroger and PPD partner for Drug Take Back


By Portia Williams - portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com



The Kroger store in Portsmouth, hosted a drop box station on Saturday, Oct. 22, for the Drug Take Back Day. Left to right: Andrew White pharmacy technician at Kroger in Portsmouth, Samantha Crank pharmacy manager at Kroger in Portsmouth, and Portsmouth Police Officer Debby Jenkins. Officer Jenkins assisted Kroger as law enforcements role for the event.


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FACTS

  • There is one death every 19 minutes in the United States caused by an unintentional drug overdose. Source — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Drug overdoses death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher. Source — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • In 2010, for the third year in a row, the number of drug related death exceeded the number of fatalities in traffic deaths. Source — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • In 2011, twice as many Americans regularl abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined. Source — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Nation Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUG, 2011)
  • 70 percent of people abusing prescription medication got them through friends or relatives. Source — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Nation Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUG, 2011)
  • Kroger Pharmacists are the medication expert for the community for answers to drug abuse prevention and education as well as proper disposal of medications.

Source: Kroger’s

Portsmouth Kroger worked in conjunction with the Portsmouth Police Department (PPD) on Oct. 22 to host a Drug Take Back Day for expired and unused prescription drugs to be discarded. The drop off location took place on the Kroger parking lot.

Samantha Crank, Kroger Pharmacy Manager, said Drug Take Back Day is a very important event for the community.

“This is a Drug Take Back Day, everyone can bring unused medications in, or expired medications, hand them to a law officer and they will dispose of them properly,” Crank said. “It is to keep prescription medications off of the streets and out of the sewer and trash. This is important so that prescription drugs don’t get into the hands of the wrong people, and it is also an issue of environmental safety, because they are going to dispose of them properly.”

Officer Debby Jenkins, who was present at the Drug Take Back location at Kroger, said the Drug Take Back events are effective, and that unused and or expired drugs can be taken to the PPD Monday through Friday regularly.

“I think this is a great idea. I know that when we did this in the spring we ended up 68 pounds of drugs, the pills, capsules and liquids. It was more pills than anything,” Jenkins said. “So, it works as long as people know about it and they bring it down it works. If perhaps they don’t make it down today, they need to know that there is a drop box in the Portsmouth Police Department by the Records Bureau, and they can access the drop box Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.”

The PPD is located at 728 Second Street, Portsmouth. For more information regarding the drop off box located, contact PPD at 740-353-4101.

The Kroger store in Portsmouth, hosted a drop box station on Saturday, Oct. 22, for the Drug Take Back Day. Left to right: Andrew White pharmacy technician at Kroger in Portsmouth, Samantha Crank pharmacy manager at Kroger in Portsmouth, and Portsmouth Police Officer Debby Jenkins. Officer Jenkins assisted Kroger as law enforcements role for the event.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2016/10/web1_IMG_0678-1.jpgThe Kroger store in Portsmouth, hosted a drop box station on Saturday, Oct. 22, for the Drug Take Back Day. Left to right: Andrew White pharmacy technician at Kroger in Portsmouth, Samantha Crank pharmacy manager at Kroger in Portsmouth, and Portsmouth Police Officer Debby Jenkins. Officer Jenkins assisted Kroger as law enforcements role for the event. Portia Williams | Daily Times

By Portia Williams

portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com

FACTS

  • There is one death every 19 minutes in the United States caused by an unintentional drug overdose. Source — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Drug overdoses death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher. Source — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • In 2010, for the third year in a row, the number of drug related death exceeded the number of fatalities in traffic deaths. Source — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • In 2011, twice as many Americans regularl abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined. Source — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Nation Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUG, 2011)
  • 70 percent of people abusing prescription medication got them through friends or relatives. Source — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Nation Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUG, 2011)
  • Kroger Pharmacists are the medication expert for the community for answers to drug abuse prevention and education as well as proper disposal of medications.

Source: Kroger’s

Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.