Tags: Community & Outreach, Government & News & Crime
October 18, 2013MILTON, Ga. – The Milton and Roswell police departments will take part in the seventh installment of the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Milton at the Target on Ga. 9 and in Roswell at the Roswell Recycling Center.
All forms of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs will be collected for destruction.
The national event is held because many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
During the last DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27, citizens turned in more than 742,000 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its state and local law enforcement partners.
In its six previous take-back events, DEA and its partners took in more than 2.8 million pounds of pills.
The Target is located at 13055 Highway 9 North, Milton, and the Roswell Recycling Center is at 11570 Maxwell Road, Alpharetta.
For more information on Milton's event, contact Ara Baronian, community outreach officer, at 678-242-2527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Roswell's, contact Roswell PD Officer Lisa Holland at 770-640-4422.