National Drug Take Back aims to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths

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Law enforcement officers say it’s pretty clear cut.  “This is the safest and most responsible way to dispose of your expired or unused medication,” Lt. Autumn Davis, with the Charleston Police Department said Thursday.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back takes place across the country a couple of times a year.  Coming up on Saturday, it’s your chance to get involved, and do so safely and anonymously.

Davis said, “They can just come to a location and drop it off.  There’s no ID requirement.  Then that medication can be safely disposed of.”

The concept is a joint effort between The Department of Justice and The Drug Enforcement Agency.  On a national scale, the same event hosted earlier this year netted just about 950,000 pounds of prescription medication and involved more than 4,600 law enforcement agencies across the country from more than 5,800 collections sites.

Police officers will be on hand throughout the event at each location “To ensure the security and safety of the drop offs,” Davis said.

She has some tips she says to always keep in mind.

She says to never flush your medications or throw them in the trash.  Keep your prescriptions in a safe place, away from children.  If you or someone you know is caring for an elderly person or sick person, keep an eye on their medicine cabinet. 

As always, “Report any suspicious activities,” she said.

Law enforcement officers are urging the public to take part in Saturday’s event, noting that all too often, prescription drugs end up in the wrong hands. 

In a nutshell, they say Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

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