National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

29 October, 2017, 01:25 | Author: Keith Rowe
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The take-back sites will accept and safely dispose of unwanted prescription pills.

Denver - This Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. local time the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and its local law enforcement, community and tribal partners will conduct its National Take Back Initiative (NTBI) giving the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially risky expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

The BPD lobby has a prescription drop-off box open to the public year around Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. -11 p.m.

"Ridding our household of old and unneeded prescription drugs is an easy and basic step to preventing the accidental or intentional misuse of these drugs in the home, so let's do our part", acting US Attorney Brit Featherston said in a news release. The organization campaigns against the heroin and opioid epidemic through public education using media resources, neighborhood drug-free initiatives and addiction referrals.


- The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained through family and friends.

People are not allowed to bring needles, mercury-filled thermometers, oxygen tanks, radioactive substances, pressurized cans or illicit drugs, but most any other prescription is allowed.

In April, during another DEA take-back, 450 tons of prescription drugs were collected.

Some local law enforcement agencies-like the Marquette Police Department-are participating, as well.

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