Local departments host Drug Takeback Day

Local departments host Drug Takeback Day

Local departments host Drug Takeback Day

"The disposal service is free and anonymous, no questions asked", Drake's office said. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are alarmingly high, as are accidental poisonings and overdoses.

"Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse", Georgetown County Sheriff's spokesman Jason Lesley said.

More than 40 people in Mississippi have died of a drug overdose this year, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

"The public can dispose of their expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications at one of 172 collection sites in the Pacific Northwest (PNW), operated by 148 local law enforcement agencies and other community partners. Of the people who abuse prescriptions, 70 percent obtain them from friends and family- many times without the other person knowing it".

The local event will take place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.at the Artesia Public Library. "Getting leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets and safely destroyed keeps them from falling into the wrong hands".

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Berkeley County: The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office will accept unwanted prescription medicine at the county magistrate's office at 223 N. Live Oak Drive in Moncks Corner.

Veterinary drugs will be accepted, but the sheriff's office can not accept inhalers, needles or other sharp objects.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back program offers more than 5,000 collection sites around the nation to help people get rid of unsafe, expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. Take-back hours vary by agency.

It's an initiative called the National Drug Take-Back Day.

Cuyahoga County now has more than 40 Rx Drug Drop Boxes located at law enforcement agencies. Overall, in 13 previous Take Back Days, DEA and its partners have received more than 8.1 million pounds - more than 4,050 tons - of pills. You can bring the drugs to the police or fire departments, or make contact with a patrol officer and say you want to turn in drugs. Start going through your cabinets now.

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