Find your nearest National Prescription Drug Take Back Day collection site

Oct 25, 2017, 00:29
Find your nearest National Prescription Drug Take Back Day collection site

The event, a partnership between local law enforcement agencies and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, is meant to educate people about the risk for prescription medication abuse and providing a safe way to dispose of unneeded drugs. This service is free of charge, no questions asked.

All medications turned in will be incinerated. Beat Coordinators Officer Adrian Gutierrez, Officer Beth Lazarus and Officer Bryan Kerr will be there and will have collection boxes setup to collect pills or medicated patches (no liquids, needles, or sharps). Information for safe disposal of such material can be found by contacting the Mille Lacs Health Systems at (320) 532-3154. Unused or expired medicine should be disposed of properly when it is no longer needed for the illness for which it was prescribed. We encourage the community to clean out their medicine cabinets during this one day event.

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced the locations of the Maine collection sites and praised the national take-back initiative.

America is experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Locally during the last initiative in April 2017, troopers collected over 2,600 pounds of prescription drugs.

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. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family's medicine cabinet.

Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pound s- more than 4,050 tons - of pills.