National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.

It is part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Medications that will be accepted are controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter medications, all solid dosage products and liquids kept in the original container.

Take Back events are held twice a year. Officials will be at multiple locations in the area from 10 2 p.m. accepting unwanted medications. All prescription labels should be removed before arrival at the drop-off location.

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 53 percent of Americans who use prescription drugs without a prescription obtain the drugs from a friend or relative.

Turning the tide on this scourge will take the coordinated efforts of government, together with community and faith-based organizations, clinicians, law enforcement, educators, families, and individuals. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. "Unused and expired medications pose a real opportunity to those seeking to use them illegally". Rates of prescription drug misuse in the US are alarmingly high, as are the numbers of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

The drop box has been housed at the Police Station since 2016.

"Safely disposing of these medications from home can help decrease accidental exposure or intentional misuse, as well as reduce the amount of medicines getting into our waterways and our drinking water", Collins said.