DEA, Springfield Police hold National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event

Posted October 29, 2017

Police departments across IL and United States are taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Saturday.

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

Individuals can access the 30 DEA disposal sites across the state from 10 2 p.m.

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"Prescription drug abuse is a contributing factor to the heroin and opioid epidemic that is gripping Pennsylvania and the nation, and too many people with prescription drug addictions obtain these medicines from family and friends' medicine cabinets", said DDAP Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith.

The goal of the day is to get unused prescription drugs and pills off the streets and properly disposed of.

Sponsors of the local collection event include the Drug Free Community Coalition, St. Joseph Youth Alliance, Buchanan County Sheriff's Department and the St. Joseph Police Department.

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According to DHEC, the DEA can only accept pills or patches, not accept liquids, needles, or sharps. This initiative is a step towards bringing awareness to a public safety and health issue.

(The DEA can not accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The DEA estimates the events have resulted in more than 8 million pounds of pills being turned over to the agency. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines -flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash -both pose potential safety and health hazards.

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