Got Unused Prescription Meds? Saturday Is National Drug Take-Back Day

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The Sheriff's Office on the last Take Back Day oversaw the collection of 245 pounds of prescription drugs through their two collection points, Pevehouse said.

Many citizens are not aware of how to properly dispose of their unused medications.

On Oct. 27, the DEA is holding a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in thousands of locations all across the country from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. It is an opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

"It's a program that was started in 2010 by the Drug Enforcement Administration", Castaneda said.

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In April, almost 950,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected through National Take Back Day.

The take-back was hosted by U.P. Health Plan in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the University of MI. The disposal service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. "According to the DEA, the majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family, friends and the home medicine cabinet". Participants are encouraged to remove labels or black-out information beforehand. Prescription drugs pose dangers to children and others who may take them by accident or who may use them for abusive purposes. It also says that flushing medications or throwing them in the trash is a danger to waterways and wildlife. A year ago they collected around 150 pounds.

To find the drop-off location near you, head to the DEA collection site finder.

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