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Posted on: April 25, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Safely dispose of unused or expired medication at the Liberty Police Department, year-round.

A secure bin is available in the lobby of the Police Department year-round for you to safely dispose of unused or expired medication. Please do not put syringes or other sharps in the box.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place across the country on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to help people safely rid their home of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous. This is the sixth National Drug Take-Back Event in three years. Together the DEA, state and local law enforcement partners have taken in more than 2 million pounds of potentially dangerous drugs.

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. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Discarding unused medications down the toilet or sink is a common but poor disposal method. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove or process many compounds found in medications. When flushed or poured down drains, medications can end up in water systems, streams, rivers, lakes and drinking water reservoirs.

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