Nevada community plans Drug Take Back Day


EAST HAMPTON On Saturday, April 29, the East Hampton Police Department and Local Prevention Council will be participating with the Drug Enforcement Agency, (DEA) in a nationwide Take-Back Initiative of pharmaceutical substances and other medications.

The DEA will safely dispose of the medication.

The Las Cruces Police Department has teamed up with the Unified "Up!" Hudson police will collect at the department and also in a Wal-Mart customer service area.

"The objective of the Drug Take Back Program is for citizens of Laramie County to safely dispose of any type of prescription drugs or any other non-narcotic drugs that they have", said Laramie County Sheriff's Department spokesman Captain Linda Gesell.

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is set for April 29, but at the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Station every work day is drug take back day.

"These are medicines that were languishing in home cabinets, highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse", NBPD officials wrote in an press release. "DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until proper regulations are in place".

In previous DEA sponsored Take-Back events held from 2010-2105 a total of 5,525,021 pounds or 2,762,510.50 tons of drugs were collected.

According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.5 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The Take-Back Day event is free and anonymous, no questions asked, with drop-off sites located throughout Windsor County. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or tossing them in the trash can - both potential safety and health hazards.