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Carbondale police to participate in Prescription Drug Drop Off program

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Gather up all your expired, unused and unwanted prescription medication and take them to the Carbondale Police Department on Saturday, September 26.

In conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Carbondale police are giving the public the chance to prevent drug abuse and theft by getting rid of the medications they no longer need or use.

This is the tenth time in five years the department has offered the program.

The service is free and anonymous, and no questions are asked.

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to drugs that are languishing in home medicine cabinets.

Studies show that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

In nine Take Back events, the DEA and its partners, at nearly 5,500 sites nationwide, have collected more than 4.8 million pounds of pills. Flushing old meds down the toilet or tossing them in the trash poses potential safety and health hazards.

The drop off program will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday at 501 South Washington Street in Carbondale.  

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