Laurel police to host Drug Take Back event

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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 event is a partnership with the DEA National Drug Turn In Day.

Deliveries of drugs to DWA Prescription Drug take-back day events are confidential, with no personal information collected and no questions asked.

All medications turned in will be incinerated.

Only pills, patches or liquids will be accepted.

The Michigan State Police's 30 posts, as well as many other agencies in Macomb and St. Clair counties, will participate in the program from 10 2 p.m. Saturday as drop-off points for Michigan residents to discard expired, unused and unwanted pills, all of which will be destroyed.

28 from 10 2 p.m., the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office will give the public its 14th opportunity in seven years to prevent prescription drug misuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially risky expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Officials also cautioned people about potential health hazards when they flush medicines in the toilet or throw them in the trash. Studies show that two out of three teenagers who misused pain relievers say they got them from family and friends, including their home's medicine cabinet.

"The abuse of these prescription drugs has fueled the nation's opioid epidemic, which has led to the largest rate of overdose deaths this country has ever seen".

During the last Drug Take Back Day in April, 900,386 pounds (450 tons) of prescription drugs were collected.

A sheriff's officer will be posted in front of the Somerset County Administration Building, located at 20 Grove Somerville, to collect outdated, unwanted and unused medicines.

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.

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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