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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Sheriff takes back prescription meds Saturday

  • The Saline County Sheriff's Office has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Egyptian Health Department for the purpose of prescription medication disposal 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
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  • The Saline County Sheriff's Office has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Egyptian Health Department for the purpose of prescription medication disposal 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
    During the past five take back events held by the DEA around the United States and with over 3,000 law enforcement agencies participating, Americans turned in over 2 millions pounds or 1,018 tons of expired or unused prescription medications, according to a release from Sheriff Keith Brown.
    Residents in the Saline County area may turn in their expired or unused prescription medications at the Saline County Courthouse parking lot.
    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration''s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, about, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
    Brown recommends not to flush or throw unused or unwanted prescription medications down the drain or in the trash as both pose a potential safety and health hazards.

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