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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 27th

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 27th”

Since 2010, Tennesseans have safely and securely disposed of more than 200,000 pounds of prescription drugs in 15 DEA-sponsored events. Arkansas on the last Take Back Day led the DEA New Orleans Field Division with 27,809 pounds of prescription drugs collected, the release states. It is an opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Law Enforcement officials say unused prescriptions often end up in the wrong hands or the wrong place.

Prescription and over the counter tables, capsules, liquids, injectables, and needles will be accepted.

Underwood issued earlier this week, 474.5 tons of unused medication were collected during the last National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, with almost 40,000 pounds of unused medication collected in NY alone.

Having unused and expired medicine in your home increases the risk of prescription drug abuse and accidental poisoning. You know, no one is immune from abuse of medications. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Participants are encouraged to remove labels or black-out information beforehand.

Sheriff's office personnel will staff three drop off locations: the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.; the Household Hazardous Waste Center, 801 W. Stillwell; and the Oaklawn Activity Center, 4904 S. Clifton.

Cabrini's Security Manager Alex Castaneda said according to the CDC, 66 percent of drug induced deaths a year ago were due to opioid use.

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