Cody Police Department hosts pill drop-off Saturday

DEA prepares for Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day happening this Saturday

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, as part of a national initiative, is planning a Drug Take Back Day this weekend.

According to a news release from CCPD, local authorities are working with the Drug Enforcement Administration to "prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially risky expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs".

Beaver Dam has a 24-hour drug drop-off box in its lobby located at 123 Park Ave.

It's set for Saturday, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at the police department on East 7th Avenue.

Got expired or unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications? You can bring the drugs to the police or fire departments, or make contact with a patrol officer and say you want to turn in drugs. According to the DEA, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 6.4 million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2015. Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold, while unused drugs that are flushed down the commode contaminate the water supply. "Storing potentially risky drugs in a secure location and disposing of them promptly after use will eliminate the number of people improperly using these substances".

This weekend, at more than two dozen police departments in the Chicago area, there is a way to do something about that. Water reclamation facilities are not created to remove all of them and trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are showing up in rivers and lakes around the world.

There are many other locations that accept prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

The drive is for individuals and households; no businesses are allowed.

The Food and Drug Administration recommends disposing of medical sharps, which includes needles, syringes, lancets and auto-injectors into an FDA-cleared sharps container, which is specifically created to prevent leaking or punctures. "It is also a medication and narcotic disposal program", explained Swanson. If one is not available, you can place those materials inside a thick plastic container like an empty laundry detergent bottle then seal the lid with tape.

More than 377 pounds of medication has been collected in past events.

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