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Posted on: March 21, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Spring Hill Police Department taking back unwanted prescription drugs April 30 at Price Chopper

On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Spring Hill Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills for disposal to Queen's Price Chopper, 22350 S. Harrison St. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps - only pills or patches. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (more than 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its 10 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 5.5 million pounds - more than 2,750 tons - of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to thee drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prevention drugs or about the April 30 Take Back Day event, visit the DEA Diversion website through the link below.

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