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Celebrate National Prescription Drug Take Back Day with Spectrum Health

Celebrate National Prescription Drug Take Back Day with Spectrum Health

Last year, Cook County's Prescription Drug Take Back events produced 125 pounds of medication.

The Auburn Police Department will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration to collect unwanted or expired prescription drugs from 10 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Kinney Drugs, 62 Owasco St., Auburn. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

The focus of the Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative is to remove potentially unsafe pharmaceutical substances from medicine cabinets throughout the state and prevent them from going into the water supply. 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. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. (The DEA can not accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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Nationwide, 456 tons of medications and needles were collected at 5,321 sites that day. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds-more than 3,500 tons-of pills. The DEA can not accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches will be accepted.

If you are unable to make it out Saturday, April 28, there are 24/7 drop-boxes located at the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the Fredericktown Police Department and the Mount Vernon Police Department.