Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

Law enforcement agencies participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Law enforcement agencies participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The DEA said the home medicine cabinet is a target of prescription drug abusers, and Saturday is not only helps dispose of those potential dangers, but it also helps to address the opioid crisis in America.

"We are wanting to do our part and be responsible people and citizens by returning drugs to the police during these drug take-backs when they are no longer needed", says Rita Jack, MPD Patrol Lieutenant.

"It's a win-win situation to make sure that we get them all and get them properly disposed of through the Drug Enforcement Agency". "They got them over 70 percent of the time from a family member or a friend", said Wisconsin Attorney General, Brad Schimel.

The Take-Back programs are created to help people get rid of unused drugs that could be misused or abused by others.

Police departments throughout Northeast Ohio collected unused and old prescription drugs Saturday for the 15th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

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Ron Deist, resident agent in charge of the Sioux Falls DEA, says that a decade ago there were more homicide deaths related to guns, then there were opioid deaths, but now that's changed. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, there are about 100 collection sites open around Minnesota.

A bag of pills that a person dropped off at the drug take-back station in the Back Bay parking lot.

Both the state and national drug take back initiatives are dedicated to the proper and safe disposal of potentially risky, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

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