Swampscott Police will take back unwanted prescription drugs

25 April, 2018, 09:35 | Author: Wilson Dawson
  • MTSU offers prescription drug take-back event April 24

The following drug take back locations are places in La Salle County that individuals can safely discard left over prescription drugs instead of keeping them in the home.

Many local law enforcement agencies have prescription drug disposal drop-off boxes at their stations, which are open during typical office hours.

Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

Just dispose your meds, no questions asked.

Only pills and other solids, for example, patches can be brought to the collection sites, but liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted. The Ohio opioid epidemic is still waging a war on the lives many citizens, but the drug take back initiative may assist in ending addiction problems before they begin.

For more information, contact Capt. Mark Johnson at 353-8550. These expired drugs can pose significant health hazards to toddlers, teens, and even family pets who may inadvertently consume medications.

The Cedar Falls Police Department will once again participate in a national effort to remove potentially risky drugs from homes. Medicines that sit in medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, including overdoses and accidental poisonings.

Eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers.

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs in 2015.

Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office, together with the state's Division of Military Affairs and Public Safety, will expand its participation this year by offering drop-off locations on both Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28.

Chief Leger encourages all members of the community to take advantage of this event as another way of protecting our children and keeping our households safe.



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