Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 29

The Twin Peaks station has a disposal box in the lobby for discarding prescription drugs that are expired, unused or unwanted.

From 10 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, the Prior Lake Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially unsafe expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Captain Terri Hook of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department talks about some of the local collections.

The Maplewood Police Department will be accepting prescription medications from 10 2 p.m. on April 29 at the Maplewood Police Headquarters located at 1618 Springfield Ave.

Coalition, the New Mexico National Guard and the Drug Enforcement Administration are hosting a prescription drug take-back event Saturday at three locations within city limits.

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

Since inception of the Take Back Days, towns across Windsor County and the State have worked diligently to expand access to permanent drug collection units. The drop off medications can be made anonymously with no questions asked. Traditional methods of disposing unused medications, such as throwing them in the trash or flushing them down a toilet, can pose safety and health hazards.

A total of 366 tons of unwanted medicines were collected on Take Back Day last October. Medicines that are in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, the release states, and the rate of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high.

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