Published: Fri, October 27, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

DEA prepares for Prescription Drug Take Back Day

DEA prepares for Prescription Drug Take Back Day

You can bring the drugs to the police or fire departments, or make contact with a patrol officer and say you want to turn in drugs.

As part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Drug Take Back Program, the Cape Girardeau Police Department will be hosting a take back event later this week. Additionally, traditional methods for getting rid of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - pose potential safety and health hazards and should be avoided.

Veterinary drugs will be accepted, but the sheriff's office can not accept inhalers, needles or other sharp objects.

This event will give the public an opportunity to dispose of any unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

Over the next week the Gonzales Police Department will be hosting two events, including a Drug Take Back Day on Saturday and a Haunted Police Department event on Halloween.

McCarthy said left-over prescription drugs in the home are one source for getting people hooked on opiates.

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Many organizations, including MSP, will take back unused or expired drugs year-round.

Lt. Smith also says if you do have medications at home, make sure they're in a childproof container, and where others can not reach or find.

- I'm the Journal-World's public safety reporter.

North Charleston: The North Charleston Police Department will accept unwanted prescription medication in the first floor lobby of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. "That's why it was great to read that thousands of folks from across the country cleaned out their medicine cabinets and turned in safely and anonymously a record amount of prescription drugs".

In addition, participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication (s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag.

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