Police host drug take-back, haunted house events

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Law enforcement agencies across the Lowcountry and the nation will give you the opportunity to clear out unwanted and expired prescription drugs from your medicine cabinet Saturday.

Overall, 8.1 million pounds of pills of pills have been collected by the DEA in the 13 previous drug take back events, the release said.

Veterinary drugs will be accepted, but the sheriff's office can not accept inhalers, needles or other sharp objects.

It's an initiative called the National Drug Take-Back Day.

"Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse", according to the DEA. The event will take place in the parking lot at West Park Mall close to Steak n Shake, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28.

More than 40 people in Mississippi have died of a drug overdose this year, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

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A number of local law enforcement agencies will take part in the national movement and take back potentially risky expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs Saturday.

In a statement from Juneau Police Department, unused or expired medicine should never be flushed or poured down the drain. The haunted house will be from 5 to 9 p.m. and is sponsored by the Gonzales Police Officers Association.

The situation has led to renewed focus on a fact of life in many households: There are vast quantities of prescription medications in medicine cabinets, too many of which are outdated.

The Food and Drug Administration recommends disposing of medical sharps, which includes needles, syringes, lancets and auto-injectors into an FDA-cleared sharps container, which is specifically created to prevent leaking or punctures. Putting medications in the trash is not proper disposal, and flushing medications down the toilet can also create poor effects on public health and the environment.

In addition, participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication (s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag.

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