Celebrate National Prescription Drug Take Back Day with Spectrum Health

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 17, 2018

"This is an opportunity for the public to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially risky expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs", said Chief Deputy Will Sandstrom.

Medicines that are in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as unsafe as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor's supervision.

The Auburn Police Department will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration to collect unwanted or expired prescription drugs from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Kinney Drugs, 62 Owasco St., Auburn. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose additional potential safety, health and environmental hazards. Drop-off locations in Knox County include Knox County Health Department, Danville Police Department, Centerburg Foster's Pharmacy and the Fredericktown Police Department. The service is free and anonymous.

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Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. There are several police departments and hospitals taking part.

Medication can be disposed of by removing it from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box at the site.

All locations will accept pills and medication patches.

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