The Greenville Police Department will take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s spring drug take back program Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event is held with the goal of preventing pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous.
Residents from throughout Bond County are invited to take their unwanted prescription drugs to the box in the lobby of the Greenville Police Department.
Sergeant Deb Keserauskis said leaving unwanted pills in homes provides an opportunity for misuse by others in the household. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse,” she said. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.” She said a majority of those drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. She noted that simply throwing drugs away or flushing them down the toilet pose potential safety and health hazards.
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This is the 13th DEA take back day.
The box for unwanted prescription drugs is in the lobby of the Greenville Police Department 24-hours a day throughout the year.