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Unwanted prescription drug take-back event at GPD on Oct. 28

— To prevent pill abuse and theft of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs, the Grangeville Police Department is holding a collection event this Saturday, Oct. 28, at its office, 225 West North Street.

The event, sponsored by GPD and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring pills for disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. (Note: the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps; only pills or patches.)

According to GPD, this initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For information, go online: DEA Diversion website .


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