Saturday’s four-hour National Drug Take Back planned

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Perry-area residents can dispose of expired, unwanted or leftover medicines Saturday, April 28 during the National Drug Take-Back Day.

The Perry Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host a drug take-back event on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Perry Public Safety Building at 908 Willis Ave.

Perry-area residents are encouraged to bring in all unwanted drugs for safe disposal. The take-back event cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills and patches.

Drug take-back events help to prevent pill abuse and theft by letting local residents rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. It is an ideal way to dispose of unwanted drugs in an environmentally safe way that keeps them out of the hands of abusers.

The service is free and anonymous: No questions asked.

“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” said Perry Police Chief Eric Vaughn. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.”

For more information about the safe disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 24 take-back event, visit the DEA Diversion website or call the Perry Police Department at 515-465-4636.

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