Officials hope prescription take back will save lives

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               National Drug Take Back set for Saturday        The take back is set for Saturday April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

CRIME National Drug Take Back set for Saturday The take back is set for Saturday April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

Law enforcement, pharmacies, and many others teamed up for National Drug Take Back Day.

In 2015, 6.4 million Americans abused prescription drugs, the majority of them got their drugs from friends and family members.

The DEA's Take Back Day encouraged people to properly dispose of unwanted and expired medicine.

Volunteer nurses from Maine Medical Center saw a steady stream of business Saturday at the Back Cove parking lot in Portland as dozens of people dropped off their unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

To safely dispose of liquid medication, Charleston Police Sgt. Trevor Shelor says you should put pour the liquid into a Ziplock bag filled with old coffee grounds or cat litter, seal and place in the garbage.

The courthouse drop-off location collected almost 300 pounds of discarded drugs today in the Diamond City. "That's not good", she said.

The sites accept pills, tablets, and patches but not liquids or syringes. Once the boxes are full, they are marked and taken by the Portland police and destroyed.

In 2017, Minnesota residents got rid of more than 44,000 pounds of unneeded medications during take back events. "I believe one of the major reasons is because we're getting opioids out of people's medicine cabinets and that's why this program is so valuable". Knight said she expected Saturday's haul would easily surpass previous numbers.

"It's something that will come and take over your life and when it does it's not just the drug that keeps you using, it's the shame that's wrapped up when you're using as well", says Bellan. "This is the safe way and this gives me a way to save the environment".

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