PRINCETON — If you have any unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs laying around in the medicine cabinets, this weekend will be the opportune time to get rid of them.
Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA), along with local police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be accepting medications for disposal at four locations in honor of National Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 28.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The following locations include:
• Princeton Police Department, 605 Elm Place, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Tiskilwa Fire Department, 135 N. High St., from 9 a.m. to noon.
• Wyanet Police Department/Village Hall, 101 S. Maple St., from 9 a.m. to noon.
• Marshall County Sheriff’s Office/Courthouse, 122. N. Prairie St., Lacon, from 9 a.m. to noon.
CPASA Director Dawn Conerton was pleased to say CPASA is expanding National Take Back Day into Marshall County for the first time ever this year.
“We have been working with the sheriff in Marshall County and he’s very supportive and excited about having this come down to Marshall County,” she said.
While National Take Back Day has always been successful in Bureau and Putnam counties, Conerton said she’s unsure what to expect in Marshall County, especially with it being the first year.
“But with it being the first time ever, it’s OK no matter what kind of turnout we have,” she said. “While we try to get the word out through advertisements and flyers, people aren’t always aware exactly what this is. The people in Marshall County just need to get familiar with who we are, what we do and what CPASA is.”
Conerton stressed this is the safest way to get rid of prescription drugs, and CPASA representatives will take anything and not ask questions. Since 2010, CPASA has collected more than 10,955 pounds of drugs locally.
According to a press release CPASA released about National Take Back Day, it’s advised that disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash poses a potential safety and health hazard.
The release also says medicines that stay 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. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Last October, Americans turned in 450 tons (over 900,386 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Marking the 13th National Prescription Take Back Day since September 2010, these events have altogether collected 8,103,363 pounds (4,052 tons) of prescription drugs.
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