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Prescription-drug take-back day set for Saturday

Prescription-drug take-back day set for Saturday

"In addition to education and awareness, prescription drug abuse prevention includes locking up or monitoring prescription medications that are in the home and disposing of any unneeded or expired prescription medications at a medication collection box". That's October 28, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

The national, twice-yearly event has been organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration with local law agencies for the past seven years.

Addictive prescription drugs that are thrown away or left untended on shelves and in drawers at home are often stolen and either abused or sold by family members and visitors, according to Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano. Bring pills for disposal.

Chief Ernie Bassett said his departments in Granville and Whitehall are not hosting special take back day events, but that they are always collecting medication. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds of pills.

Missourians can clean out unused and expired drugs in their medicine cabinets on Saturday. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Additionally, Collier says the most common way teenagers are introduced to prescription drug use is finding them in family's medicine cabinets. Putting medications in the trash is not proper disposal, and flushing medications down the toilet can also create poor effects on public health and the environment. The service is free and completely anonymous.


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