National Take Back Day scheduled for April 29

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Do you have unused or expired prescription drugs in your home? "To prevent misuse, we want everyone to know how to safely use, store and dispose of unused or expired medicine".

- Photo courtesy city of Newport Beach Police Department ©.

Coalition, the New Mexico National Guard and the Drug Enforcement Administration are hosting a prescription drug take-back event Saturday at three locations within city limits. With the exception of "sharps", any and all prescriptions drugs will be accepted, no questions asked, stated an update to the South Orange Police Department's Facebook page. Rates of prescription drug abuse in this country are described as alarming, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses.

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Supported by public health coalitions, Take-Back Day aims to prevent prescription drug abuse, a growing problem in the USA that claims lives through overdoses and accidental poisonings.

Following this Drug Take Back Day event the Milford Police Department in collaboration with the Milford Prevention Council is happy to announce the installation of a Drug Take Back Box which will be located in the lobby of Milford Police Headquarters, 430 Boston Post Road. With the addition of the Drug Take Back Box we hope to collect more throughout the year and also at the annual events. "DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until proper regulations are in place".

According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.5 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. Traditional methods of disposing unused medications, such as throwing them in the trash or flushing them down a toilet, can pose safety and health hazards.

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