South Dakota taking part in prescription drug take back program

Just some of the bags of pills collected to incinerate

Just some of the bags of pills collected to incinerate

Counties all across OH are aiding in the effort to combat drug addiction by participating in National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 28.

Altoona will be participating in its first-ever drug take back event from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m. Saturday at its police station, 1904 Spooner Ave. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain in the original container with the cap tightly sealed.

Communities across Vermont will take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this weekend.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and anonymous means of disposing of prescription drugs. We'll update this story as we receive more information. Medicines left unused in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse, a sheriff's office news release said.

The last one for 2017 occurred on October 28, when people tossed 199 pounds of medications at the county sites - marking the second highest Cecil County collection day on record, according to Ken Collins, director of addiction services at the Cecil County Department of Health.

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The AG's office says having unused or expired medicine in the home increases the risk of accidental poisoning.

The events will be held from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturday (April 28). Further, disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose safety and health hazards.

"More people start down the path of addiction through the misuse of opioid prescription drugs than any other substance".

"Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this event is a great opportunity for people in Detroit to help reduce that threat", said Dr. Grenaé Dudley, Chairwoman of the Love Detroit Prevention Coalition and President and CEO of The Youth Connection.

Normally, officials say they collect approximately 1,500 pounds of unused or expired medications statewide.

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