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Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

Madison Police Department.

On October 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Madison Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the police department. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 376,593 pounds - 188 tons - of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners. 17 pounds was collected in Madison during the last Take Back event.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends,including from the home medicine cabinet - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards.

October 29th 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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