Turn in unused and expired medications Saturday during Drug Take Back Day

Turn in unused and expired medications Saturday during Drug Take Back Day

Turn in unused and expired medications Saturday during Drug Take Back Day

Take Back events are held across the country today, October 28, generally from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

The take-back follows by two days President Donald J. Trump's declaration that opioid addiction a national public health emergency.

The objective of the day is to get unused prescription drugs and pills off the streets and properly disposed of. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds -more than 4,050 tons -of pills.

The nationwide event is an effort to rid local households of potentially unsafe expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Anyone can bring pills and solid medications to the police department on Grand Avenue in Bellingham from 10am - 2pm Saturday to anonymously return drugs for free disposal with no questions asked. Liquids and needles will not be accepted.

Unused prescription drugs are a major safety issue that can lead to abuse or death from an overdose or accidental poisoning.

DEA special agents and Springfield Police officers, with help from a group from the Western New England University School of Pharmacy, assisted people that drove up with bags of unused prescription drugs. "The NTBI, now in its 7th year, has collected tens of tons of drugs from the medicine cabinets of those around the country, preventing those would use them for un-prescribed use or distribution to others".

Some local law enforcement agencies-like the Marquette Police Department-are participating, as well.

The study shows that the majority of the abused prescription come from family and friends medicine cabinets.

"Flushing them down the toilet poses potential health concerns".

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