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Decatur Police accepting unused or expired medications Saturday


Decatur Police accepting unused or expired medications Saturday

National Drug take-back

Got Drugs ImageThe Decatur Police Department is taking part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative this weekend.

It’s on Saturday, September 26 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in front of the police department on 420 West Trinity Place. You don’t even have to get out of your car – Decatur PD says you can just drive up and drop your drugs off.

A press release posted on the city’s blog The Decatur Minute, says “The Drug Take-Back initiative is an opportunity for you to safely dispose of any unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs.  It is important to safely dispose of prescription medications so they are not targeted for theft, accessible to youth or disposed of into the water supply or trash where they can harm the environment, animals or end up in the wrong hands.”

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The DEA says on its website, “Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.”

The DEA says 2,411 tons of drugs have been collected in previous national take-back events from 2010 to 2014.

Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.