National Prescription Drug Takeback Day location finder

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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

Local law enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and healthcare systems are working together to take back old medications that citizens no longer need on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.

The event is held twice a year and during the last event in the fall the DEA collected almost a million pounds of drugs.

Unused medications in homes helped fuel the heroin and opioid crisis that has gripped ME and other states.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. people could anonymously drop off their prescriptions, with no questions asked at the Southport Volunteer Fire Department, West Elmira Fire Department and Elmira Savings Bank. Some have year-round drug disposal boxes for residents.

"Over 70 percent of the time when people start abusing those painkillers, they did not directly get them from a doctor and they did not get them from a traditional street-level drug dealer".

"They are even turning in pet medications", said Leslie Knight, a Maine Medical Center registered nurse who was there with about a half-dozen of her nursing colleagues.

In 2017, more than 450 tons of unwanted prescription drugs were collected across the nation.

Knight and her fellow volunteer nurses said they had been working with Portland police since the program's inception.

All 30 Michigan State Police (MSP) posts also participate in the "Take-Back" initiative by serving as drop-off locations.

"But they're highly addictive and we see that addiction just running rampant across the country". "This is the safe way and this gives me a way to save the environment".

"We collected 900 pounds of unwanted or unused medication, because of the success of that we ended up getting our medication drop box". "Children could get a hold of them".

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