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Jackson police and DEA to hold drug Take Back Day

Jackson police and DEA to hold drug Take Back Day

Anyone with unused and outdated prescription drugs lying around the house can get rid of them safely during an upcoming "Drug Take Back" program being hosted by the Dearborn Heights Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Prescription drugs are accepted anonymously in any type of container; no identifying information is required.

The DEA can only accept pills or patches for disposal.

No identification is necessary and no questions will be asked, the release notes.

Unwanted prescription pills can also be disposed of year-round at the Morristown Police Department, Lamoille County Sheriff's Department and the Hardwick Police Department.

During the previous Take-Back event in April 2016, the DEA and its partners collected 893,498 pounds (about 447 tons) of medication, demonstrating the value of this service.

The program is meant to reduce the risk of accidental poisonings and the abuse of prescription drugs, the agencies noted in a news release. Most individuals are not aware of methods to _properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away; both potential safety and health hazards.

People are encouraged to check their medicine cabinets for expired or unused prescription medicines, and turn them in for safe disposal. The goal of these Drug Take Back Days is to allow citizens to safely dispose of unused or unwanted prescription drugs in an environmentally safe manner and keep those drugs out of the hands of unauthorized persons or juveniles.

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