According to the DEA's website, during the last take back day in May they collected almost 475 tons of prescription drugs. Giving more people a chance to clean out, Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs.
This year the Moline Police Department collected more than 200 pounds of prescription drugs.
No questions will be asked at the drop-off, the release stated.
A day to turn in unused or expired medication for the objective of throwing away safely. Proper disposal also helps reduce the risk of prescription drugs entering a human water supply or potentially harming aquatic life, police said.
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Tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms of medication will be accepted.
Did you know nearly half of teens who have abused a prescription drug got it from their parents' medicine cabinet?
The National Take Back initiative in the Sedgwick County area will collect any expired or unwanted prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them away creates a potential safety and health hazard. Participants are encouraged to remove labels or black-out information beforehand.
ALSO TODAY, for another 30 minutes, you can bring your unused/expired medications and sensitive documents to these locations. During the April 2018 effort, MSP posts collected roughly 966 pounds of prescription drugs.