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The BPD is teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Administration in a national take back day, targeting opioids and other prescription medications.

It's part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Take Back Day is a national effort that occurs twice a year. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. People wishing to dispose of medications can do so between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Police officials will accept pills and other solid forms of medication, but will not accept liquids, needles or sharps.

■ Educate health care providers, patients and parents about the need to get unused and expired prescriptions out of the system.

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This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

The disposal service is free and anonymous with no questions asked, but the DEA advises it can not accept liquids or sharps of any kind, including needles. Studies have shown a majority of abused prescription drugs start from the user obtaining them from family members, friends or the medicine cabinet. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

The DEA says that throwing old pills in the trash or flushing them down the toilet can be a safety hazard.

NPDTBD was initiated in 2010 under the direction of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and according to DOJ, more than 6.3 million pounds of purposeless and expired prescriptions have been received.


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