Drug take back event set for Saturday

TPD to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The event is meant to encourage the safe and proper disposal of unwanted or expired medications.

Shawn N. Anderson, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, will join the Drug Enforcement Administration on October 28 for its 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

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

Only prescription pills and patches will be accepted.

The Tallahassee Police Department is taking part once again the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

This event will give the public an opportunity to dispose of any unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

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MUSC Charleston: The MUSC Department of Public Safety can accept prescription medication at the MUSC Drug Discovery Building at 99 Jonathan Lucas Street from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Lieutenant over special operations at the police department, Bradley Smith says they participate in the event to protect citizens and the environment.

"The drop off box is available during normal business hours, 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or by calling 744-7560 or 911 if it is after hours, and we can let you in to drop off the meds", said Eveleth Police Chief Tim Koivunen. "That's why it was great to read that thousands of folks from across the country cleaned out their medicine cabinets and turned in safely and anonymously a record amount of prescription drugs".

"Proper drug disposal is one way to substantially reduce the abuse of prescription narcotic painkillers", Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a statement. Find out how to properly dispose of needles/syringes at the Rutland County Solid Waste District website, rcswd.com/other-programs. Plastic pill containers will not be collected.

The practice used to be to flush such medications down the toilet or sink.

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