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Turn in unused pills during September take-back event

Posted August 28, 2012

— In an effort to curb pill abuse, the town of Garner is hosting a event next month to help citizens dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications.

The Garner Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration are hosting the Take Back event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 29, at Garner Town Hall, 900 Seventh Ave.

The service is free, anonymous and no questions will be asked.

Last year, Americans turned in 188.5 tons of prescription drugs at more than
5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds – nearly 500 tons – of pills.

Officials said medicines that sit in home cabinets are likely to be misused or lead to overdoses or poisonings. Traditional methods for disposing of unused medicines—
flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash— may pose safety and health hazards.

For more information, contact the Garner Police Department at 919-772-8810.


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  • soldier Aug 28, 2012

    So i have to pay out of the REAR for medication and I'm expected to give it away for free. Sorry. Doesn't work that way. I'll let it sit here and rot before I give it to anybody.
    If the Town of Garner is willing to purchase my unused meds than maybe we can strike a deal.

    Bad attitude? Yeah maybe so. But when I go to the Dr. and pay $400 a month for meds that cost $65 or less in every other country in the world, then I got a right to my bad attitude.

  • outhousecat Aug 28, 2012

    It's too bad prescription pills can't be given to people that need them. When my great aunt died, she had several expensive meds that she had just gotten filled. Her neighbor took the one for osteoporosis (same prescription and dose) but the rest of them had to be thrown away. That's a great waste when so many elderly can't afford their prescriptions. And yes, I know there is the potential of contaminated pills, etc, but if that was the only way I could get my meds I'd be happy to have donated pills.

  • Bill of Rights Aug 28, 2012

    I always save old medications for these takeback events. I'd rather that than having them end up in the community's water supply.

  • AX MAN Aug 28, 2012

    Your kidding me. People are now too stupid to figure out how to destroy their own pills. We just keep going further down the tubes

  • Hans Aug 28, 2012

    Wonder how many of these "tons" of pills ended up planted on suspects in fake drug busts or "officers" getting high? Tons of fun for everyone.

  • anniesss Aug 28, 2012

    Filling the rx bottle with elmer's glue is what I do.

  • storchheim Aug 28, 2012

    Twittyfan, I read that there are detectable levels of prescription meds in Falls Lake. Please stop doing that. Maybe the pharmacist can suggest some way to dispose of them more safely?

  • Twittyfan Aug 28, 2012

    I usually get a solo cup fill it with water and then pour any expired medicine in it to dissolve the medicine and throw it away.

  • TeenDad2electricboogaloo Aug 28, 2012

    I will dispose of them for free as well, no questions asked.