Safely dispose of old pills on National Drug Take Back Day

National Drug Take Back Day: Sheriff's office to collect unused drugs April 28

It's aimed at ensuring prescription drugs that are no longer being used don't end up being misused.

This weekend more than 5,600 collection sites manned by nearly 4,500 partner law enforcement agencies will be open 10 2 p.m. local time. The disposal events are free and no questions asked.

The public will be given the opportunity to participate in the 15th National Take Back Initiative to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially unsafe, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, Swampscott police said.

Nationally, prescription drugs are the second-most abused category of drugs after marijuana, with one in five young adults reporting that they have abused a prescription drug.

"Proper disposal helps reduce the risk of prescription drugs entering the human water supply or potentially harming aquatic life", the release states.

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- Unused or expired prescription medications are an issue of public safety, with the potential to cause accidental poisoning, overdose, or abuse.

According to the DEA, unused prescription drugs too often find their way into the wrong hands.

Now in eighth year, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events continue to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation's homes, where they could be stolen and abused by family members and visitors, including children and teens. Studies prove that opioids are a gateway drug.

Virginians are being encouraged to take advantage of a chance to dispose of unwanted or expired medications this weekend. This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.

Last year, Vermonters turned in 5,552 pounds of medication at more than 70 collection sites.

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