National Drug Take Back Day allows Americans to dispose of unused prescriptions

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6.4 million Americans admitted abusing prescription drugs in 2015.

According to a national survey on Drug Use and Health, most of the drugs were taken from family and friends.The D-E-A has organized a national biannual Take Back Day to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.But today isn’t the only day you can drop off your prescriptions in North Dakota.
Our state’s Take Back program runs year round.

“Please, at any time, if you have a loved one that passes or you just have some from a previous, maybe, medical treatment that you recieved and you want to dispose of it — It’s the best way to come to the Police Department to drop them off and we can do that in a controlled manner. We do not take any needles, though, or liquid. We prefer only pills,” says Sgt. Shannon Lackey, Minot Police Department.

Over 20,000lbs of prescription drugs have been dropped off in North Dakota since the program began in late 2009. There are over 100 locations across the state where you can dispose of your unused prescriptions.

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