RCPD to host drug take-back event

Code enforcement officer sorts pills

Code enforcement officer sorts pills

Last year, citizens across the US safely disposed of 456 tons of unneeded medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Last fall, the DEA collected 456 tons of potentially unsafe prescription medications across the country. The take back days are held twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall.

Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 125 E. Wyandot Avenue, Upper Sandusky, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.

Police across Central Virginia are setting up prescription drug drop-off points Saturday at various locations to keep the drugs from getting into the hands of abusers. This day allows people to clean out their cabinets and properly dispose of unwanted medications in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

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

Citizens may bring in their old medications to either location to ensure they are properly and safely disposed of. Drugs can be dropped off anytime during the day with no questions asked.

Google is using its homepage and maps to promote a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) initiative meant to help combat the opioid epidemic. The Martinez Administration has also expanded outpatient treatment programs, removed prior authorization for Suboxone under Medicaid, and is expanding the number of Methadone clinics and the number of these that accept Medicaid.

Prescription drug abuse in America is rampant - roughly 54 million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in their lifetime, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The drop box has been housed at the Police Station since 2016.

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