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The recovery community sees the disposal of unused prescription drugs as one more tool in the fight against the opioid epidemic, and it is promoting its necessity during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 23.

Overdose rates continue to spike during the COVID-19 pandemic, with preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicating that at least 93,000 people died from a drug overdose in 2020. That’s an increase of almost 30% from 2019.