Jefferson City to Host Take Back Prescription Drug Event

National prescription drug disposal event this Saturday

National prescription drug disposal event this Saturday

Local police department across the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire are encouraging their communities to participate in Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

October 28 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Maryland law enforcement officials said that past initiatives have been successful and that they have collected over 91,000 pounds of prescription medications across the state.

There will also be a collection site in the parking lot next to Kaiser Permanente at 3501 Stockdale Highway. The event will be on Saturday, October 28th, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

And they're partnering with the DEA to give people a chance to dispose of their unused, expired, or unwanted drugs sitting around the house.

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Addictive prescription drugs that are thrown away or left untended on shelves and in drawers at home are often stolen and either abused or sold by family members and visitors, according to Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano.

Residents can bring pills and other solids, such as patches, to the collection sites. "That's why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - a record amount of prescription drugs".

"The majority of prescription drug abusers say they get their drugs free from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet", he said. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million lbs-more than 4,050 tons-of pills. Commonly abused prescription drugs fall into three different categories which include opioids, which are pain relievers and have a similar chemical make up as heroin; sedatives, which are used to treat anxiety and depression; and stimulants, which increase attention, energy, blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate.

It's important to dispose of unwanted medications the right way.

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