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Take back old prescriptions Saturday

Friday, April 25, 2014 9:41 AM
Last updated 6:22 PM
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Law enforcement agencies across the country will be collecting unused and expired prescription drugs Saturday as part of the DEA’s National Prescription Take-Back Day.

The event, which is held twice a year, was created to provide the public with a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs without causing any damage to the environment. However, police said it has an even greater purpose by preventing abuse, overdose and keeping drugs off the streets and out of children and teen’s hands.

The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.

Teens rank high in the abuse. Unlike other illegal drugs, prescription drugs are typically easy for teens to obtain in the medicine cabinets of parents, grandparents and friends. About two-thirds of teens who report abuse admit to getting the drugs from family and friends, according to The Partnership at Drugfree.org.

More than 4,000 law enforcement agencies participated in the DEA’s latest Take-Back day in November, which resulted with 647,211 pounds, or 324 tons, of expired or unusued prescription medications.

Drop off sites will be operating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday

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corgimom
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corgimom 04/25/14 - 08:46 am
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There is no way in HELLO that

There is no way in HELLO that I am voluntarily disclosing what prescription medicines I take to the DEA.

It is none of their business, and if people don't think that they are looking for certain drugs, I have a bridge to nowhere that I'd like to sell someone.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/25/14 - 09:02 am
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Put them in a baggy, throw

Put them in a baggy, throw the bottle away.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/25/14 - 09:34 am
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Crazy

Yes, people have officially gone crazy. You don't need to drive across town to get rid of your drugs responsibly. As IAD said, just throw them in the trash. They will go to the landfill and, trust me, no one will look at the labels. If you drive across town and give the drugs to law enforcement officials, the drugs will end up in the same landfill.

By the way, isn't this a gross mis-use of law enforcement officials. Aren't there some criminals out there to catch?

Pops
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Pops 04/25/14 - 09:43 am
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The government has

another program designed to make us feel good. Bet the DEA has an administrator and a well paid staff to run this. Taxpayer money could be better spent.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/25/14 - 07:15 pm
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It's a gross invasion of

It's a gross invasion of privacy, but people do it voluntarily. Nobody needs the DEA to dispose of unused drugs, the fact that the DEA is involved speaks volumes.

wribbs
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wribbs 04/26/14 - 05:53 am
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For whatever reason you

For whatever reason you choose not to participate in this program, please do not flush your drugs down the toilet. There is the potential for the chemicals in those drugs to make their way into groundwater.

I've read where traces of chemicals have been found in fish and drinking water and one possible source is people flushing drugs down the toilet.

Graymare
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Graymare 04/26/14 - 06:43 am
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How do they destroy what is

How do they destroy what is turned in?

corgimom
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corgimom 04/26/14 - 06:46 am
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They put it in the landfill,

They put it in the landfill, where it can seep into the groundwater.

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seenitB4 04/26/14 - 07:23 am
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Toilet dumping

I have heard that is a danger too...sooo what should one do at home....some say to put them in coffee grounds before throwing away...I don't see that as a safe way either...so what?

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Sweet son 04/26/14 - 11:12 am
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Periodic flushing of your old prescriptions amounts to

nothing more than a little boy peeing in the ocean. Diluted to a point it is negligible. You put them in your body and some of them are excreted in your urine. So, how can they be so 'toxic?'

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