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Carbondale Police to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police will be taking park in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

You will be able to drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at the lobby of the Carbondale Police Department on South Washington Street from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Drop off procedures will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations in order to maintain the safety of all participants.

Per DEA guidelines, items eligible for collection include tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. DEA will continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges at its drop off locations provided lithium batteries are removed.