National Drug Give Back Day that will be held on Sat., Apr. 28 was created to provide a safe, easy, and responsible way of disposing of unwanted or expired medications including controlled substances.
"We encourage everyone to learn more about how to minimize the dangers of unused or expired medications in their home and to take part in the national drug take-back day", said Sommer.
Last fall, the DEA collected 456 tons of potentially risky prescription medications across the country.
The organization is accepting both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Ringley said that thanks to their partnership with Sheridan County Public Health, there is another benefit from this take back event.
From 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Saturday, temporary prescription drug disposal sites will be located throughout Chester County, in locations including Avondale, Coatesville, Downingtown, Phoenixville and West Grove. Find a location near you.
In the past, it was commonplace to just simply toss old or unwanted medications in the trash or flush them down the toilet.
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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 53 percent of Americans who use prescription drugs without a prescription obtain the drugs from a friend or relative.
In Lafayette, you can drop off prescriptions at the Sheriffs Office Public Safety complex.
Drop-offs are free and anonymous with no questions asked.
Over the course of the program, approximately 456 tons of prescription drugs have been safely collected across the country, including almost 21 tons of unwanted medications in ME alone.
Law enforcement has collected an estimated 4,500 tons of prescription pills since the take-back started in 2010.
People who can not attend the event Saturday may drop off unused and unwanted prescriptions anytime in the bin located just inside the Sheriff's Office's main lobby.