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PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County Recycling Management District and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years Oct. 26 to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Take your medications for disposal to the Tell City Fire Station in Tell City or the Family Practice Clinic near Leopold between 8 a.m. and noon, they urge, for free and anonymous disposal.
Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,829 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law-enforcement partners.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, according to the organizers.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.
Rates of prescription-drug abuse in the U.S. 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 home medicine cabinets.
In addition, previously acceptable methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards.