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15th Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, April 28, 10:00 - 2:00
County Sheriff’s together with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th opportunity in over seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal on Saturday, April 28th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to any one of the below-listed collection sites. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Also, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards. “Educating the public on the proper disposal of unused medicines has led to over 4,500 tons of prescription drugs being turned in. The success of this program is evident. I believe residents are aware of this every six-month service being provided to them and, they plan for it,” said Sheriff John McMahon.
County Sheriff’s Department will have stations participating with the collection of these unused prescription medications. They will be open on Saturday, April 28th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and no appointment is necessary. The participating sites are listed below:
We encourage every citizen to look in their homes for any old, unused prescription medication and bring them to one of the listed collection sites for disposal. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28th Take-Back Day event, go to https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/
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