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Event Offers Safe Way to Dispose of Prescription Drugs

Melissa Porter | 18 April, 2017, 00:38

EAST HAMPTON On Saturday, April 29, the East Hampton Police Department and Local Prevention Council will be participating with the Drug Enforcement Agency, (DEA) in a nationwide Take-Back Initiative of pharmaceutical substances and other medications.

Captain Terri Hook of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department talks about some of the local collections.

In an effort to prevent prescription drug abuse, potentially unsafe, expired, unused and unwanted medications can be turned in for safe disposal. Additionally, the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs are also high.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting National Prescription Drug Take Back Day across the country to provide a safe way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, and the user's own home, according to the DEA.

Supported by public health coalitions, Take-Back Day aims to prevent prescription drug abuse, a growing problem in the US that claims lives through overdoses and accidental poisonings.

The Take Back Day and Permanent Collection services are free. In addition, the usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-pose safety and health hazards. Liquids, needles or sharp objects will not be accepted. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds-more than 2,750 tons-of pills. But there are permanent drug take back sites in our region.