Sheriff's Office to host Drug Take Back event Saturday

Bryan Strickland
October 29, 2017

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to potential accidental poisoning, misuse and overdose, according to officials.

Unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicine may be dropped off at any of the hundreds of secure locations throughout the state.

The Bellingham Police Department is the local site for a national effort Saturday.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or go to NeighborhoodsAgainstDrugs and join its local group on Face Book. The organization campaigns against the heroin and opioid epidemic through public education using media resources, neighborhood drug-free initiatives and addiction referrals.

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The department asks that you avoid dropping off any needles or liquids and any unwanted pills should be put in a clear sealable bag. "By participating in National Drug Take-Back Day, Pennsylvanians can help make their homes safer by properly disposing of medication".

If you have any prescription drugs in your cabinet that are not being used, Saturday is the day to rid yourself of them as Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Last April, Americans turned in more than 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs. Studies have shown a majority of abused prescription drugs start from the user obtaining them from family members, friends or the medicine cabinet. Since then, DEA has disposed of more than 8 million pounds of pharmaceuticals collected at these events.

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