ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – Mayo Clinic teamed up with many organizations to sponsor Drug Take Back Day Saturday morning.
The Gonda Building entrance transformed into a drop off location for unwanted medication, with no questions asked.
The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Olmsted Medical Center,
Organizers say it’s better to drop off medication to people who can safely dispose of them instead of flushing it down the toilet.
Nationally, opioid overdoses has seen a spike, Mayo Clinic staff say opioid medications are highly addictive.
“Often times you don’t end up needing to use the opioids that you are given and that’s when those medications become very vulnerable to misuse, abuse and often times it can lead to addiction as well,” said Mayo Clinic Resident, Robalee Wanderman.
Mayo Clinic Paramedics can see one to two overdoses in a day. With the help of NARCAN, which treats narcotic overdose in an emergency situation can reverse an opioid overdose.
Mayo Clinic Paramedic David Singleton said with the help of NARCAN lives can be saved.
“It goes into the brain and it counteracts the receptors that the narcotic has attached to, it kicks the narcotics off of the receptors, it restores your breathing and you regain consciousness,” said Singleton.
In total, 456 cars through the four hour event and 470 pounds of medication were collected.
There is a 24-hour prescription drug collection box at the Olmsted County Government Center.