Prevent pill abuse and theft by getting rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, October 27, the Jefferson Township Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to bring pills for disposal to municipal building (1033 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Note: The DEA cannot accept needles or sharps.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, typical methods used by many Americans for disposing of medicines – such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards.

During the most recent Take Back Day, in April of this year, 949,046 pounds of prescription drugs were collected nationwide.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back event, visit the DEA Office of Diversion Control site at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback or the Police Department’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jtpolice.

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