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Got Drugs? Turn in unused medications for safe disposal at Rockwall Police event

ROCKWALL -Each day approximately 2,500 teens across the U.S. use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

In addition, over seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

In an effort to address this problem, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., are conducting the third annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 30.

Area residents are requested by Rockwall Police to turn in any expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs, medications, veterinary medicines for free and safe disposal by DEA agents and police at the Rockwall Police Community Services Center, in the Brookshire’s shopping center, from 10 am until 2 pm.

“This is an opportunity to get rid of expired, unwanted or unused over-the-counter or prescribed pharmaceutical medications,” said Rockwall Police Officer Jay Shippy.

Medications being disposed of should remain in their original containers, with the labels still on them, according to the DEA.

To ensure safety, the public is asked to not bring any sharps, thermometers or medical waste to the event.

A DEA spokeperson said most people today tend to dispose of medications by either throwing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet. But, as a result, pharmaceuticals have sometimes been found in the drinking water supplies in several communities across the nation, causing concern for public safety.

Storing expired and unwanted drugs in the home also increases the risk of accidental poisoning. The April 30 medication collection event gives the public the opportunity to safely dispose of these pharmaceuticals at no cost and with no harm to themselves or the environment.

For more info about the Rockwall event, contact Rockwall Police at 972-771-7700.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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