Saturday is prescription drug take-back day

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Last October, almost 456 tons of unwanted prescription drugs were collected nationwide during the drug take back event at that time.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, secure, and environmentally responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and trafficking of medications.

According to a recent national survey, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. This service is free and anonymous, as no questions will be asked.

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"We are not trying to make a drug case against somebody that is trying to do the right thing and get rid of these unused prescription drugs", says Byerley.

Fischer said in addition to the two times a year the event is held, there are also always boxes around the county including in the Sheriff's Office lobby 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. Monday- Friday.

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In the past, it was commonplace to just simply toss old or unwanted medications in the trash or flush them down the toilet.

The initiative gives residents an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their home of potentially risky expired, unused, and unwanted prescription pills.

"We're absolutely in the middle of a public health epidemic with opioids", said Katherine Neale, Follow Our Lead program director.

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Expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicines will be accepted.

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