stayontheblack.com

Health

Safely dispose of old pills on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Prescription Drug Takeback Day

Local police stations will have drug drop boxes will be available from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The event gives the public the opportunity to turn in potentially risky, expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to prevent pill abuse and theft.

The Orland Park Police Department takes back drugs four days a week, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. throughout the year in addition to the one-day national event. Liquids, needles and sharp objects may not.

Have unwanted or unused prescription drugs taking up room in your medicine cabinet?

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration can not accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches, according to the release.

"And it's just a place where you can go and drop off your unwanted and unused leftover prescriptions because they're just too unsafe to leave around".

McCarthy said left-over prescription drugs in the home are one source for getting people hooked on opiates.

Sessions said that medicines forgotten in home medicine cabinets are increasingly subject to misuse and that rates of accidental poisonings and overdose by prescription medications are alarmingly high.

Women In Government, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization representing female state legislators, recognizes National Drug Take Back Day.

Last year, 4,018 law enforcement agencies participated in the 12th annual National Take Back Day collecting 731,269 pounds (365.6 tons) of prescription drugs. Overall, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds - more than 4,050 tons - of pills in its 13 previous Take Back events.

The DEA says that throwing old pills in the trash or flushing them down the toilet can be a safety hazard.