National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 28

The main products seized by authorities were anabolic steroids sedatives and erectile dysfunction medicines

The main products seized by authorities were anabolic steroids sedatives and erectile dysfunction medicines

The last National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was in October.

"It is sponsored by the DEA and in our area by Martinsville Police Department, Martinsville Fire & EMS and Drug Free MHC", said Martinsville Deputy Police Chief Robert Fincher.

RED RIVER RADIO: Is this the first event of its kind or have you done other events like this?

Here in Southern Oregon, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS), Josephine County Sheriff's Office (JoCSO) and Klamath Falls Police Department (KFPD) have announced their participation in the event.

"RED RIVER RADIO: So this event that's taking place today is to highlight the fact that you have this service in place so people can bring their prescriptions in anytime of the year?"

Only pills or patches can be accepted-liquids, needles or sharps cannot be taken by the DEA.

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For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or the April 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA diversion website, . We would load up an entire (Chevy) Tahoe full of these white boxes and I guarantee you there were 20 or 25 of them.

Kerr said the department tracks their progress ' by the pound' and not by the type of medications surrendered or by who participates.

Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as risky as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor's supervision.

At a recent public forum about the opioid epidemic, Fincher said about four years ago Martinsville police responded to a case in which a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old were unresponsive after they got into their parents' opioids.

Drugs are not to be put into the city sewer system, as they would contaminate the city's water system.

As the national opioid crisis, or the rapid increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs, continues we can do our part by removing unused prescription medications from our medicine cabinets to prevent misuse. Many Americans also do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both potential safety and health hazards.

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