November 18, 2018

Residents urged to drop off unused pills at police stations

30 October 2018, 12:35 | Silvia Roy

Got Unused Prescription Meds? Saturday Is National Drug Take-Back Day

National Drug Takeback Day Set For Saturday

"We want to help be a part of the solution".

Having unused and expired medicine in your home increases the risk of prescription drug abuse and accidental poisoning.

No questions will be asked at the drop-off, the release stated. The stores are located in Niagara Falls, Amherst, Orchard Park, Buffalo (5), Depew, Olean, Jamestown, Tonawanda, Arcade, Batavia, Dunkirk, Baldwinsville, Syracuse, Greece, Dansville and Bath, N.Y. This is in line with the Drug Disposal Act, which encourages both public and private entities to provide and develop a variety of safer ways to dispose of prescription drugs in a responsible manner.

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This year the Moline Police Department collected more than 200 pounds of prescription drugs.

Officials are encouraging MA residents to drop off expired and unwanted medications at police stations this weekend.

Nationwide in April 2018, Take Back sites collected 474.5 tons of prescription drugs.

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Another goal for Take Back Day is to keep drugs, especially opioids, out of the hands of people who don't need them.

A 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.

Austintown police also say it plays an important role in preventing pill abuse and theft. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them away creates a potential safety and health hazard.

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The take-back was hosted by U.P. Health Plan in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the University of MI. Previous year they collected around 150 pounds.

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