Authorities accepting unwanted medication on national drug collection day

Chester County Participates in National RX Drug Take Back Day

MTSU offers prescription drug take-back event April 24

The Osage County Sheriff's Office will also collect unused drugs at the Osage County Resource and Health Fair, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

"The Take-Back Initiative is convenient and free; it provides a safe and appropriate way for the public to dispose of unused medication", said NED administrator Jared Redulla.

The Department of the Attorney General hopes to double its collection of unused or expired medications at the upcoming Take-Back Initiative.

Sponsored by Campus Pharmacy and University Police, the drug take-back event is part of a national collection drive led by the Drug Enforcement Agency's overall efforts to remove excess drugs from communities where they could be abused or misused, diverted into the wrong hands or disposed of in environmentally unsafe ways. They will not accept any needles & sharps, mercury, oxygen containers, chemo/radiation substances, pressurized canisters, or illicit drugs.

Now in eighth year, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events continue to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation's homes, where they could be stolen and abused by family members and visitors, including children and teens.

Take-Back Day has been in place since 2010.

"With opioid and prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses becoming all too common, I strongly urge Michiganders to use this opportunity to check what is in your medicine cabinet and then properly dispose of any medications you no longer need", said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. The event is meant to allow people to dispose of excess prescription drugs so they don't wind up in the hands of other family members or thieves.

In Tennessee, 29,700 pounds were collected in October 2017.

MTSU has more than 240 combined undergraduate and graduate programs.

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