Get rid of unused meds on national take back day

TPD to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Pills and medicines in solid forms will be taken with no questions asked, said Derryle Smith, resident agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Agency in Gulfport.

"Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs", the news release said.

Medicines left in home cabinets can lead to misuse and abuse of the drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Administration safely destroys the drugs that are collected. "Diversion of opioid painkillers, in particular, can contribute to the misuse of these drugs that has become a serious nationwide problem". No sharps, liquids or syringes can be accepted at the drop-off location.

If you have unused prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet, you can take them back to Michigan State Police posts, Spectrum Health or Mercy Health, and a number of local police agencies including Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Holland and Muskegon Heights, among other locations. Loveland police said items that can not be accepted include needles and Epipens, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy and radioactive drugs, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs.




The local event will take place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.at the Artesia Public Library. "Of the people who abuse prescriptions, 70 percent obtain them from friends and family- many times without the other person knowing it".

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

Law enforcement officers in Kansas and across the country will be collecting unused, expired and leftover medications on Saturday.

If the mall is inconvenient, the Rutland County Sheriff's Department accepts prescription drugs at 88 Grove St., Rutland, Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m.to midnight, and Sunday, 6 a.m.to 8 p.m. "Help our community by going through your medicine cabinet and taking drugs to the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office collection site at Piggly Wiggly on October 28".

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