Check those medicine cabinets: Saturday is Drug Take-Back Day

Francis Osborne
October 29, 2017

The group, led by the Rev. Henry McGrath and Harold Bryant, Jr., takes the approach to the problem by training the public in ways they may legitimately take back their neighborhoods through proactive involvement with municipal government and law enforcement.

Police departments across IL and United States are taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Saturday.

DEA launched its prescription drug take back program when both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration found thatflushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash posed potential safety and health hazards. The president's national health emergency declaration opens certain federal funds to drug treatment groups, among other things.

The department asks that you avoid dropping off any needles or liquids and any unwanted pills should be put in a clear sealable bag.

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Police say removing these drugs from medicine cabinets and homes eliminate the possibility of them falling in to the wrong hands.

The misuse of unused and expired medications has become a significant public safety issue, according to U.S. Department of Justice. Studies have shown a majority of abused prescription drugs start from the user obtaining them from family members, friends or the medicine cabinet.

"There are frightful unintended consequences associated with keeping unused prescription drugs in the home", Attorney General Hunter said. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.

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