Bellaire police to collect unwanted prescription drugs on DEA Take Back Day

Steve Ranson |Shirleen Spears left of United Blood Services asks Caroline Rebbetoy questions at the screening

Steve Ranson |Shirleen Spears left of United Blood Services asks Caroline Rebbetoy questions at the screening

The Tallahassee Police Department is taking part once again the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. "In addition to education and awareness, prescription drug abuse prevention includes locking up or monitoring prescription medications that are in the home and disposing of any unneeded or expired prescription medications at a medication collection box". However, needles, syringes, thermometers, IV bags, medical devices and personal care products are not accepted. Medication will be destroyed by TPD. "That's why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - a record amount of prescription drugs".

People may drop off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

More than 40 people in Mississippi have died of a drug overdose this year, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

Local law enforcement authorities are teaming up in support of a Drug Take Back campaign this Saturday.

October 28 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. In all 13 previous collection events, the DEA and its partners took in more than 4,050 tons of pills.

Davis warned that flushing prescription drugs or putting them in the trash can pose safety or health risks; and unused drugs languishing in medicine cabinets can be "highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse". Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are alarmingly high, as are accidental poisonings and overdoses. Beaverton Police Officers will be on hand to accept unwanted medications at the driver's- side door.

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