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‘Prescription Drug Takeback Day’ on Sat. offers 30 collection sites in Idaho

Bart Davis, U.S. Attorney for Idaho, is encouraging Idahoans to participate in “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” this Saturday, which is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., prescription medicines can be turned in at thousands of collection sites around the country, including 30 in Idaho.

“Prescription drugs are highly addictive and can be just as dangerous as any street drug and just as deadly,” Davis said.  “The Prescription Take Back Day is an important event to get unused prescription drugs removed from homes before a chance of abuse can occur.”

The disposal service accepts only pills or patches; it doesn’t include liquids or needles. The service is free and anonymous.

Davis warned that flushing prescription drugs or putting them in the trash can pose safety or health risks; and unused drugs languishing in medicine cabinets can be “highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.”

To find a collection site near you, look online here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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