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Local Detectives Collecting Unused Prescription Drugs Saturday

on April 24, 2012 - 5:06pm

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. April 28 in the Los Alamos Medical Center Parking lot, detectives from the Los Alamos Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The event provides a safe way for the general public to deposit expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and also to prevent pill abuse and theft.

"This is a great opportunity for those who missed last year's event, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications," Sgt. Det. Oliver Morris said.

Americans who participated in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day last year, turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said in a news release. “DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until the proper regulations are in place.”


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