Harrison County will offer two days of prescription drug take backs

MTSU offers prescription drug take-back event April 24

MTSU offers prescription drug take-back event April 24

Williamsburg Police and the Williamsburg-James City County Sheriff's Office report collecting 228 pounds of prescription drugs during the last drug take back event this past October. They warn teenagers abusing prescription drugs use their family's medicine cabinet as a source.

The Indiana State Police are pleased to partner with the DEA, and as in the past, the drugs may be dropped off at any Indiana State Police Post, except the Toll Road Post.

Results of the 2015-2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that more than half of people who misused prescription painkillers got them from a friend or relative, and more than a third obtained them from a doctor.

Just dispose your meds, no questions asked. Needles, new or used, will not be accepted for disposal. All told, 14 previous Drug Take Back Days have yielded 9 million pounds of pills, according to the news release.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

The AG's office says having unused or expired medicine in the home increases the risk of accidental poisoning.

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Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.

She says another reason is that the strength and efficacy of expired medications cannot be relied upon, and it could be risky to your health if you take them.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spearheads Drug Take Back Day, which was launched in 2010. Unused drugs that are flushed down the toilet have the potential to contaminate the water supply.

Pharmacies and police departments all over the country are participating in the event.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office, together with the state's Division of Military Affairs and Public Safety, will expand its participation this year by offering drop-off locations on both Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28.