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Posted on: April 20, 2021

[ARCHIVED] NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY IS APRIL 24

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If your spring cleaning list calls for clearing out the medicine cabinet, this event is for you. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and confidential way of disposing of prescription drugs while educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

The Johnston Public Safety Building at 6373 Merle Hay Road is offering a drop-off on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. The Johnston Police Department will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement.

In April 2019, the Johnston Police Department collected 144 pounds, and in April 2018, it was 133 pounds of unused drugs. 

The DEA will accept vaping devices and cartridges at its drop-off locations provided lithium batteries are removed. 

Helping people dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is just one way DEA is working to reduce addiction and stem overdose deaths.

Learn more on how you can dispose of liquid medications and needles.

 

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