The Taylorville and Pana Police Departments will be taking back unwanted prescriptions drugs anonymously and free of charge this Saturday. The Departments will once again be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administation’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. People can bring in their expired or unwanted prescription drugs by bringing them to the CVS Pharmacy in Taylorville or the Walgreens Pharmacy in Pana between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills and patches will be accepted. Last year, across the U.S., people turned in 350 tons of prescription drugs at more than 8,000 sites nationwide. Over the last ten years, the DEA and its partners have taken over 2,750 tons of pills back from the public and prevented potential health hazards created from usual methods of disposing medicines, including flushing down the toilet and disposing in the trash.
Turning in unused or expired drugs can prevent the opportunity for you or your family members to misuse or abuse the medicines. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.