Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 28

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 21, 2018

Bakersfield residents will have a chance to turn in potentially risky expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs, with no questions asked.

Officials with the Athens Police Department and Keep Athens Beautiful are scheduled to host Drug Take Back Day on April 28. A separate collection site is planned at the parking lot next to the Kaiser Permanente center at Stockdale Highway and Real Road.

Last fall 456 tons, or 912,000 pounds, of prescription drugs were turned in at more than 5,300 sites ran by the DEA and nearly 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners, the release said. Overall, in its 14 previous "Take Back" events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than nine million pounds of pills.

"The Take Back programs offer a safe, simple and anonymous way to keep unsafe prescription drugs off the streets", Assistant Chief Rodney Williams said in a press release. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

The DEA can not accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

"Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from medicine cabinets". In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards. Kansans should contact their local sheriff's office or police department for more information.

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