Dispose of unwanted prescriptions at Saturday drop-off

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For more information about the April 28 Take Back Day event, visit the Emporia Police Department's Facebook page. "As well as education and awareness, prescription drug misuse prevention includes locking up or monitoring prescription medications that are in the home and disposing of any unneeded or expired prescription medications at a medication collection box". Nationwide, 4,508 tons have been collected since September 2010.

Also lending itself to Saturday's cause will be Garden City's Adelphi University, which will once again work in conjunction with local and national organizations to serve as a collection point for "potentially risky, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs", the university said in a statement.

At the last three take-back events, officials have collected over 380 pounds of unwanted or expired drugs. Opioid prescription drugs essentially have the same chemical make-up as heroin, which means they affect the brain and body the same, and the play a large role in the opioid and heroin use and overdose epidemic that our county, as well as our country, is now facing.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year, in April and October.

In 2017 DEA worked with its tribal law enforcement partners to set up 115 collection sites on tribal lands.

"The Take-Back Initiative is convenient and free; it provides a safe and appropriate way for the public to dispose of unused medication", said NED administrator Jared Redulla. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

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