From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Police Department will be taking prescriptions for the DEA’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. The rate of prescription drug abuse in the United States is alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Trussville Police Detective Ben Short said dropping off prescriptions can save lives.
“The best way to dispose of old, unused, unwanted, or expired medicines (both prescription and over the counter) is to drop off the medicine at a drug take back site,” said Short. “Unused or expired medication is an important public safety issue that could lead to drug abuse. Turning in those medications helps combat the issue and take back locations are an easy way for everyone to do their part.”
For the first time, DEA will now accept vaping devices and cartridges – in addition to tablets, capsules, patches and other medications in solid forms – at any of its drop off locations. DEA is doing all it can to help dispose safely of vaping devices and liquids to get these products off our street and out of the hands of children.
It is important to note that DEA cannot accept devices containing lithium-ion batteries. If batteries cannot be removed prior to drop-off, DEA encourages individuals to consult with stores that recycle lithium-ion batteries.
You can drop off unwanted medications at the Trussville Police Department at 131 Main Street, in Trussville, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Saturday.