Local departments participate in drug take back day

Local departments participate in drug take back day

Partnering with the D.E.A., the Rapid City Police Department urged all residents to bring unused or unwanted prescription drugs to the public safety building for safe disposal.

The DEA's Take Back Day is a initiative to collect these drugs, preventing drug addiction and overdose death.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The event was put together by Marshfield Clinic, the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office and the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. "And we see a lot of times in residential burglaries, prescription drugs are missing, they're not sure what they had, they're not sure what they used and what they didn't", said Sgt. Gaston. "So, it is good to have events like this to get the stuff out of the house and let us take care of it", says DEA Special Agent Todd Kuehnlein. But, they were able to dispose of thousands of pounds of drugs. You can also call the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA's) Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539 for a list of participating locations.

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She says, "I think keeping medications out of the hands of people that they don't belong to is a push in the right direction".

The Charleston Police Department was hoping to beat last year's total of 500 pounds of unused drugs collected.

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an effort to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic. "Please safely dispose of expired and unneeded medicines, as medicine cabinets are an easy source for prescriptions drugs for teenagers".

The police station doesn't accept needles, liquids and illegal drugs.

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