Local event takes on Opioid Epidemic

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Each year close to 48,000 people nationwide die as a result of Opioid abuse. Now some are getting together to ‘Crush the Crisis.’

On Saturday, Sept. 21, hospitals around the country are partnering up with city officials and local law enforcement to join the fight against the ongoing opioid epidemic. Here in the Rio Grande Valley a drug drop off box will be set up at Valley Regional Medical Center to collect unused or expired prescription drugs.

Irwin Riezenman, Pharmacy Director for Valley Regional Medical Center spoke on what to look out for if someone you know is abusing Opioids. “Some of the things you need to look for is changes in habits, mood swings, highs, lows, people do become lethargic or super excited.”

All medication and narcotics turned over will remain anonymous. The event will not be accepting syringes, needles, inhalers or liquids.

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