Annual Drug Take-Back keeps prescription meds out of the wrong hands

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WINDSOR COUNTY- On Saturday, April 29, the Windsor County Sheriff's Office, local and state law enforcement agencies, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially unsafe, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

People will be able to dispose of unwanted, unneeded and expired prescription medications, with no questions asked.

The Take Back Day and Permanent Collection services are free. Local residents can bring prescriptions to the CVS Pharmacy, located at 2782 Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is set for April 29 across the nation.

If you are unable to attend the take-back event, a drug take-back box is in the lobby of the Edwardsville Police Department and is accessible 24/7. Liquids, needles or sharp objects will not be accepted.

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In an effort to prevent prescription drug abuse, potentially risky, expired, unused and unwanted medications can be turned in for safe disposal.

Nationally, the Drug Enforcement Agency and its partners collected over 366 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 5,200 sites past year.

Studies show that medicines left in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

A total of 366 tons of unwanted medicines were collected on Take Back Day last October. Unused prescription medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused and abused. Additionally, the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs are also high.

According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.5 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs.

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