The Hutchinson News

The South Hutchinson Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

The department ask the public to bring pills for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday to the South Hutchinson Police Department, 10 E. Blanchard Ave., for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous.

Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 4.1 million pounds of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse, overdose and abuse. Traditional methods for disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose potential safety and health hazards.

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