Published: Wed, October 25, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Unwanted meds can be dropped off Saturday

Unwanted meds can be dropped off Saturday

The Acworth Police and the DEA will be collecting potentially unsafe expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on October 28 from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at Target, 3378 Cobb Parkway in Acworth.

Monmouth County will join the nation by taking part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, October 28, a day created to encourage the disposal of unused, unwanted and expired medicine in light of the ongoing opioid epidemic.

The DEA can only accept pills and patches, no liquids or needles. Most people are not aware that medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. In total, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds of pills during take-back events. This service is free and anonymous - no questions asked. "Disposing of unused medications is a step in the right direction by helping to prevent drug thefts, abuse and overdoses".

To find other locations in IN or across the USA that are participating in the Drug Take Back initiative, click this link to the DEA. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States of America are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

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DEA take-back events last spring collected an estimated 6,287 pounds in Alabama of unwanted, unused or expired drugs have been removed and disposed of safely.

Local residents can go to one of several locations from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. October 28.

Unwanted prescription medications can be dropped off at dozens of locations across San Diego County on Saturday in a law enforcement effort to keep drugs away from children, addicts and thieves.

Law enforcement agencies and interested community partners such as pharmacies, schools and civic groups are working together to provide as many local sites as possible throughout Alabama.

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