TPD to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Prescription opioid overdoses were involved in the deaths of 550 South Carolinians in 2016, underscoring the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

The drug collection events started seven years ago as a way to safely dispose of leftover and expired medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse.

Pills don't have to be an opioid to harm or kill someone who takes a medicine that's not prescribed for them. Prescription drug misuse includes taking the drug in a manner other than what is prescribed, taking someone else's prescription, and taking prescription drugs to "get high". Every day, people are using prescription drugs that are found in dumpsters and trash cans. Loveland police said items that can not be accepted include needles and Epipens, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy and radioactive drugs, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs. But how a person gets rid of the drugs is important.

28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Town of Estes Park Police Dept. will offer Estes Park's Drug Take Back Day to collect unused, unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs for safe disposal - no questions asked.

The event is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. and is meant to prevent prescription drug abuse.

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Only prescription pills and patches will be accepted.

Razza, who was promoted to Deputy Chief back in August when Parrillo retired and took on a new position of Director of Personnel for the city of Cranston, said, "Too often, unused drugs find their way into the wrong hands and that's very, very risky".

Residents can drop off their medications at one of many Rx Drug Drop Box locations throughout Cuyahoga County. Take-back hours vary by agency.

Last April, the public turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

Those unable to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender prescription drugs at any MSP post from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

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