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Local police departments collecting unwanted prescription drugs Saturday

Police departments in Westlake, Fairview Park, Rocky River, Bay Village and North Olmsted, along with many surrounding communities, are participating Saturday in Operation Medicine Cabinet, an effort to safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications.

Residents may bring their expired or unused medicines for safe and easy disposal. Hours are from 10 am. To 2 p.m. Saturday.

The program is organized in partnership with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

Americans participating in DEA’s two previous National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events turned in more than 309 tons of pills at more than 5,300 sites manned by over 3,800 federal, state and local law enforcement partners, according to the DEA.

“We all have another unique opportunity to contribute to the fight against prescription drug abuse by participating in the third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Americans overwhelmingly responded to the first two national Take-Back Day events, and we hope the Oct. 29 event is no different.  With everyone’s support, we can reduce the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, while increasing the awareness of this important public health issue.”

Collection sites can be found by visiting www.dea.gov and clicking the “Got Drugs?” banner, which links to a database where they can enter their zip code.

 

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