Local law enforcement agencies accepting unwanted prescription drugs Saturday

"Unused medications are unsafe for kids, pets and the environment", Schmidt said.

Razza also reported that when National Drug Take Back Day was held back on April 29 of this year, a total weight of 900,386 pounds expired or unused perception drugs were collected across the country.

"Medicines that just sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse", said Shelly Kelly, DHEC's director of health regulations. "Of the people who abuse prescriptions, 70 percent obtain them from friends and family- many times without the other person knowing it". Additionally, traditional methods for getting rid of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - pose potential safety and health hazards and should be avoided.

The event is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. and is meant to prevent prescription drug abuse.

"In Connecticut, the total number of pounds collected past year was 8,615 pounds and in MA the count total 27,294 pounds of unused or expired drugs that could have done a lot of harm if they fell into the wrong hands".

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The Cody Police department is giving residents the opportunity to drop off any unused prescription drugs.

MUSC Charleston: The MUSC Department of Public Safety can accept prescription medication at the MUSC Drug Discovery Building at 99 Jonathan Lucas Street from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The haunted house will be from 5 to 9 p.m. and is sponsored by the Gonzales Police Officers Association.

Lieutenant over special operations at the police department, Bradley Smith says they participate in the event to protect citizens and the environment. Items accepted: Any unwanted prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines.

In addition, participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication (s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag.

Socorro County's Prevention initiatives focus on reducing social access of prescription painkillers through education on safe storage and disposal, publicizing the dangers of misusing prescription painkillers, and the dangers of sharing prescription drugs.

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