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Sponsored by Campus Pharmacy and University Police, the drug take-back event is part of a national collection drive led by the Drug Enforcement Agency's overall efforts to remove excess drugs from communities where they could be abused or misused, diverted into the wrong hands or disposed of in environmentally unsafe ways.

Take Back events allow people with unused or expired prescription medication to dispose of them in a safe way, according to Sheriff Jim Stubbs.

The event's goal is to "provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications", according to officials.

"Most people don't realize this, but there are more people that have issues with pharmaceuticals and overdoses than there are of cocaine, heroine and ecstasy combined", Sullivan said.

Residents are being urged to clean out their medicine cabinets.

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Last year, Americans turned in 456 tons of prescription drugs at sites operated by the DEA and its state and local law enforcement partners, the news release said. In home that use septic tanks, prescription drugs that get flushed down the toilet can leach into the ground and seep into ground water. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The event is set for Saturday from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at Walgreens.

Officials also point out that opioid abuse is at epidemic levels in the US and a top public health concern.

You can drop off any prescriptions, no questions asked.


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