National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this weekend

The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide.

Local drop off spots in Russell County include the Russell County Sheriff’s Office and the Jamestown Police Department.

DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illicit drugs will not be accepted. DEA will also continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges provided lithium batteries are removed.

Working in close partnership with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed more than 7,000 tons of medication from circulation since its inception.

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