National Prescription Drug Take-Back day set for Saturday in Pascagoula

Tabitha Dunn
October 29, 2017

Mississippians can help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths by using this safe, convenient, and anonymous means of disposing of unused or expired prescription medications, including the powerful painkillers known as opioids, said DEA-Mississippi Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux. The take-back will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday. The president's national health emergency declaration opens certain federal funds to drug treatment groups, among other things.

Individuals can take pills and other solid forms of medication to one of the collection sites available in the area. The East Hills site will accept all prescription and over-the counter drugs and substances, including "sharps" such as needles.

Police say removing these drugs from medicine cabinets and homes eliminate the possibility of them falling in to the wrong hands.

The disposal service is free and anonymous with no questions asked, but the DEA advises it can not accept liquids or sharps of any kind, including needles.

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During its 13th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in April 2017, the DEA and more than 4,200 of its national, tribal, and community law enforcement partners collected 900,000 pounds (450 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 collection sites.

This national initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. "Prescription drugs are especially susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse".

The Drug Enforcement Agency has been holding these national drug take backs since 2010.

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