Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

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Razza, who was promoted to Deputy Chief back in August when Parrillo retired and took on a new position of Director of Personnel for the city of Cranston, said, "Too often, unused drugs find their way into the wrong hands and that's very, very risky".

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the abuse of prescription opioid drugs (which cause more overdose deaths than any other drug) has decreased in high school seniors since the first national Drug Takeback Day.

Area law enforcement, federal drug enforcement and Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson have teamed up for the National Prescription Drug Takeback Day.

The DEA can not accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. "More people start down the path of addiction through the misuse of opioid prescription drugs than any other substance".

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will hold its 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at more than 65 locations in SC on Saturday.

The local event will take place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.at the Artesia Public Library.

All prescription medications can be dropped off, except for liquids, needles, or illicit drugs.

"Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse", according to the DEA.

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There are many other locations that accept prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

The take-back programs help reduce childhood overdoses, restrict household drug theft, limit the accumulation of drugs by the elderly, protect our physical environment, reduce pharmaceutical contamination of fresh water and eliminate waste.

Cuyahoga County now has more than 40 Rx Drug Drop Boxes located at law enforcement agencies. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds of pills.

MSP's 30 posts, including the one in Iron Mountain, will participate by serving as drop-off points for state residents to discard expired, unused and unwanted pills, which will be destroyed.

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