LETTERS: Saluting veterans and Americans and on prescription drop off day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The 14th National Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Take Back Day takes place twice a year and is dedicated to providing a safe, easy, discrete and educational way to dispose of unused or expired prescription medication to help prevent substance abuse within the community.

Improper disposal of prescribed drugs can lead to illegal use of drugs and access for youth. Additionally, flushing prescribed drugs down the toilet to dispose of the medications could contaminate the water.

Our nation currently has an opioid crisis, which means that proper disposal is even more crucial. The consequences of prescription drug abuse can include death, illness, violence, crime, health problems and academic failure.

In the 2016 Texas School Survey, one in 10 students in grades seven through 12 reported using prescription medications for recreational purposes. In addition, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health states that seven out of 10 people over age 12 who misuse prescription medications get them from friends or family members. Sometimes, misusers steal the medication from the medicine cabinets at home.

During the National Take Back Day, there are no questions asked about the medications being disposed. No personal information is given. Simply drop off your unused or expired medication. During the April Take Back event there was approximately 5,000 pounds of drugs collected in the Rio Grande Valley.

For more information on prescription medication misuse, or any other drug use, please visit the Prevention Resource Center 11 website at www.prc11.org. PRC11, a program of Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to prevent alcohol and other drug use in our communities.

Martha Gutierrez, Pharr

For information on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

A salute to our veterans

I have been watching the Ken Burns series on Vietnam. What a typical snafu!

I served during the Korean War. After my discharge, I got busy going to school, raising a family and trying to make a living. That is my excuse for not paying attention. I wasn’t really aware of the things that went on until my neighbor’s son showed me a picture of the VC he killed. It was like he was holding a trophy of a deer.

I was raised in a town in Louisiana. We had no hatred or displayed anger at any Vietnam vets that I knew of. We were just glad to get them home safely.

Unfortunately, I see some similarities between Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan. It must be hard to tell whose friendly and who is not.

If the Taliban can slip back over into Packistan, doesn’t that sound like the VC going back to Laos and Cambodia?

To all who served in Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan: God bless you.

Wes Clemens, Weslaco

What real Americans do

In regard to the Las Vegas shootings: Thank God the first responders were real Americans. If they were NFL players, they likely would have been on one knee and complaining. Real Americans deal with the situation at hand and help each other.

President Donald Trump is right. Stand up for the play.

Ken Freund, Mission