Milpitas police to collect unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday

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If you can not attend the drug take back event on Saturday, the Cape Girardeau Police Department, Jackson Police Department, and Cape County Sheriff's Department have containers in their lobbies, which are open 24 hours a day, every day of the week.

Razza also reported that when National Drug Take Back Day was held back on April 29 of this year, a total weight of 900,386 pounds expired or unused perception drugs were collected across the country.

The event aims to provide a safe, convenient and anonymous means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. [We have] no problem with that.

"Events like this offer health care providers and law enforcement an opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of properly storing and disposing of prescription medication", said Jane Ryang, PharmD, area pharmacy director at Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center.

That every 21 days in the United States we lose the same amount of people who died on 9/11 to a drug overdose? You can bring the drugs to the police or fire departments, or make contact with a patrol officer and say you want to turn in drugs. However, the liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging and evenly distributed within the boxes of collected solid prescription medications. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

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The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office gathered almost two tons of leftover prescription and over-the-counter medicines during the spring drug collection last April.

You can find local collection sites here. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, police say.

Cuyahoga County now has more than 40 Rx Drug Drop Boxes located at law enforcement agencies.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the abuse of prescription opioid drugs (which cause more overdose deaths than any other drug) has decreased in high school seniors since the first national Drug Takeback Day.