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Turn in unused pills during September take-back event

Posted August 28, 2012 11:54 a.m. EDT

— 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.