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April 29 Is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Melissa Porter | 01 May, 2017, 11:13

Law enforcement and other agencies hold Take Back days twice a year in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Saturday, April 29, from 10 2 p.m., the Pinellas County (Florida) Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially unsafe expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. These locations include police departments, pharmacies, fire stations and even DEA offices. This initiative is free and anonymous - there are no questions asked; they do not take liquids - only pills and patches. Over the life of the program, people across the country have removed 7.1 million pounds (more than 3,500 tons) of prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers and nightstands.

"Events like this address a crucial public safety and public health concern and help to raise awareness about the benefits of properly storing and disposing of prescription medications", said Georgina Garcia, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center.

Wichita police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says studies show the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

If you aren't able to attend an event on Saturday, TBI offices in Nashville and Chattanooga host permanent collection bins that are available for residents to drop off all unused, outdated or unnecessary prescription drugs. They can lead to overdoses and accidental poisonings.

Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash poses potential health hazards and environmental concerns.