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Coquille Police Take Back Program October 28th
Dispose of unwanted drugs safely. On Saturday, October 28th, the Coquille Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public a chance to safely dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Between 10am and 2pm, bring pills for disposal to the Coquille Police Department at 851 North Central Boulevard. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons of prescription drugs at 5,500 sites nationwide. Overall, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in this country are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Also, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28th Take Back Day event, call the Coquille Police Department at 541-396-2114.