Sheriff's Office to host Drug Take Back event Saturday

Posted October 29, 2017

Police departments across IL and United States are taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Saturday.

If you are aware of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, then you know something of what Congress had in mind when it acted in 2010 to reduce prescription drug abuse.

The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held Saturday from 10 2 p.m. Liquids and needles will not be accepted. The initiative's objective is to collect and properly dispose of medications, particularly prescriptions, to ensure they aren't abused.

If you can't make it to the mall this Saturday, you can drop off your unused or outdated prescription medications every day at the Missoula Police Department receptacle.

Police say removing these drugs from medicine cabinets and homes eliminate the possibility of them falling in to the wrong hands.

Throughout the program's seven-year existence, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 8.1 million pounds or 4,050 tons of pills.

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Those having drugs they wish to dispose of may drop them off, free of charge and with no questions asked, at booths set up outside Food City in Pulaski, CVS Pharmacy in Dublin and Walmart in Fairlawn.

Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons -900,000 pounds - of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

"There are disgusting unintended consequences associated with keeping unused prescription drugs in the home", Attorney General Hunter said.

This national initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

Sessions said that medicines forgotten in home medicine cabinets are increasingly subject to misuse and that rates of accidental poisonings and overdose by prescription medications are alarmingly high.