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Prescription take-back day scheduled Saturday

October 24, 2013

For the seventh year, local police departments have teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to collect unused medications during the statewide Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has asked residents to participate in the take back day and bring all unused prescription medications to the various sites on Saturday, Oct. 26 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Every year the amount of prescription drugs disposed properly through this event grows. During the take back day held on April 27, 371 tons of prescription medications were collected from more than 5,829 locations throughout the country.

In total, the DEA has been able to remove 1,409 tons of medication from circulation in the past six years.

According to the Attorney General’s report, flushing unused or expired medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash may cause a threat to a person’s health or safety.

Leaving unused medications in cabinets may also be a hazard and can oftentimes be stolen or misused.

“We cannot avoid the growing use and abuse of prescription drugs, particularly by teens and young adults. By preventing drug abuse where it starts – in the home – we can make a real impact on this dangerous and deadly addiction. The Prescription Drug Take Back program is a simple way to protect yourself and your family from potential killers in your home medicine cabinet,” said Kilmartin.

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