Drug take-back April 28

National Drug Take Back Day: Sheriff's office to collect unused drugs April 28

Americans turned in more unused prescription drugs at the most recent DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day than on any of the previous 14 events since it began in 2010, demonstrating their understanding of the value of this service.

Since then, 6.3 million pounds of unused prescription drugs have been collected, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. "Educating the public and removing these medications from households across the Unites States prevents misuse where it often starts". Local police departments - including Bartonville, Flower Mound and Roanoke - will be collecting unused prescription drugs and safely disposing of them.

For more information about the April 28 Take Back Day event, visit the Emporia Police Department's Facebook page.




Several Long Island institutions will take part in a nationwide effort to rid medicine cabinets across the land of unused, sometimes risky unused prescription medications.

Since 2016, nearly 11 tons of drugs have been collected in Nebraska.

MSP collection sites can be found here. Commonly misused and abused prescription drugs fall into three different categories which include opioids, which are pain relievers and have a similar chemical make up as heroin; sedatives, which are used to treat anxiety and depression; and stimulants, which increase attention, energy, blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate. Created to address "a crucial public safety and public health issue" - the program's website counts 6.4 million Americans who abuse prescription meds - the effort has proved extremely successful: The most recent take-back day in October 2017 saw some 4,274 law-enforcement agencies combine to collect more than 456 tons of unused and expired medications. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

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