Drug Take Back Day is April 29

The Twin Peaks station has a disposal box in the lobby for discarding prescription drugs that are expired, unused or unwanted.

Gosnold on Cape Cod, the Falmouth Prevention Partnership, the Falmouth Police Department and the US Drug Enforcement Administration are partnering to sponsor the 13th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29.

Captain Terri Hook of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department talks about some of the local collections.

Area residents are encouraged to drop off expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs - in pills or patch forms - during the event. Additionally, the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs are also high.

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The South Orange Police Department will be accepting prescription drugs on April 29 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.at 201 South Orange Avenue.

A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, according to the DEA.

The Take Back Day and Permanent Collection services are free. During the fall event, the DEA and its partner agencies across the nation accepted more than 731,000 pounds of prescription drugs. Traditional methods of disposing unused medications, such as throwing them in the trash or flushing them down a toilet, can pose safety and health hazards. Prescriptions that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, or abuse.

In October 2016, Windsor County Deputies emptied drop boxes at local police stations and took for incineration 477.6 pounds of medications collected, an increase of 19 pounds from the previous collection.

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