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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

The Monroe Police Department (in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration) will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in an effort to help individuals rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.
Monroe -- The Monroe Police Department (in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration) will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in an effort to help individuals rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.

Expired, unused, and unwanted medications may be brought for disposal from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on April 26 to the front desk of the Monroe Police Department located at 700 Wood St. Monroe La. This service is free and anonymous and is a great opportunity for those who have accumulated unwanted or unused prescription drugs to dispose of them safely.

During last October’s Take Back Day, Americans turned in over 647,211 pounds (324 tons) of prescription drugs at over 5,683 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In the previous Take Back events combined, DEA and its partners took in over 3 million pounds of prescription medications.

This program addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion and misuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Studies show the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

The usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, can potentially pose safety and health hazards.
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