ISP partners with DEA for 'Drug Take Back Day'

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The drug take-back event acts as a simple way to get rid of prescription pills by putting them in a drug disposal boxes located throughout the state. Unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off during that time as part of the free and anonymous service.

All medications turned in will be incinerated. Liquids, inhalers, patches and syringes will not be accepted. Information for safe disposal of such material can be found by contacting the Mille Lacs Health Systems at (320) 532-3154. In 2015, more than one out of 10 high school students in ME reported misusing a prescription drug in their lifetime. Medicines that linger in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Communities around the state are holding events this Saturday, which is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration began hosting National Prescription Drug Take Back events in 2010. Disposing of these unused medicines will cut down the risks of prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings or overdoses due to these drugs remaining in an unsecured state. In addition, common methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Those who are unable to participate on Saturday can anonymously discard their prescription drugs at any MSP post from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Locally during the last initiative in April 2017, troopers collected over 2,600 pounds of prescription drugs. Since it was installed the Box has collected over 200 pounds of unused/ unwanted prescription medications.

This program, which began in September of 2010, is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to combat the abuse or misuse of potentially unsafe medicines that have expired or are no longer needed for those they were prescribed to.

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