Prescription drug take-back event helps keep drugs off UP streets

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Since 2010, Tennesseans have safely and securely disposed of more than 200,000 pounds of prescription drugs in 15 DEA-sponsored events. Your old medications can be a lure to criminals looking for drugs to use or sell.

Prescription drugs can be dropped off from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Muskingum County has also created a permanent drop off site that runs 24/7 at the Muskingum County jail.

This week we've been talking a lot about drugs and safe disposal spots.

"Prescription drugs are highly addictive and can be just as unsafe and deadly as any street drug", said U.S. Attorney Davis.

Last April's Take Back Day brought in a record number of unused prescription drugs, collecting close to 1 million pounds of pills from 5,842 sites all across the country. Aerosols, liquids, syringes and other injectables can not be accepted.

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Having unused and expired medicine in your home increases the risk of prescription drug abuse and accidental poisoning.

Consumers can safely and anonymously drop off prescription drugs at any one of the 20 designated Tops supermarkets any time of year during normal pharmacy hours.

The event, organized nationally by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, brings together local law enforcement, community groups, and families for the common goal of safely and securely disposing potentially unsafe expired, unused, or unwanted medications. Personal information will be removed from the containers.

Austintown and Boardman were among the communities who hosted drop off locations as part of National Drug Take Back Day. A year ago they collected around 150 pounds. They are aiming to provide a responsible way of disposing prescription drugs and also educating the public on the potential abuse of medications.

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