Milpitas police to collect unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday

TPD to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Last year, many thousands of pounds of prescription drugs were collected at approximately 6,100 sites. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, police say.

Veterinary drugs will be accepted, but the sheriff's office can not accept inhalers, needles or other sharp objects.

Those unable to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender prescription drugs at any MSP post from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. This will be the 14th national Drug Takeback Day facilitated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, occurring twice each year.

"The public can dispose of their expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications at one of 172 collection sites in the Pacific Northwest (PNW), operated by 148 local law enforcement agencies and other community partners". Flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose health and safety hazards, a press release from LCSO said.

The Kansas Attorney General's Office says medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

You can drop off unwanted pills or medication patches between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at locations in all 50 states.

- I'm the Journal-World's public safety reporter.

The Police Department is located at 407 Center St.

Pills don't have to be an opioid to harm or kill someone who takes a medicine that's not prescribed for them.

The rate at which Americans are abusing prescription drugs continues to rise. "It is also a medication and narcotic disposal program", explained Swanson.

The Food and Drug Administration recommends disposing of medical sharps, which includes needles, syringes, lancets and auto-injectors into an FDA-cleared sharps container, which is specifically created to prevent leaking or punctures.

It is time to clean out your medicine cabinet and hand in unused, unneeded and expired medication.

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