Manlius Police to collect excess prescription drugs Saturday

The Town of Manlius Police Department will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s prescription drug “Take-Back” campaign. The public can drop off any expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in the front lobby of the Town of Manlius Police Department, One Arkie Albanese Ave., Manlius. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Please leave the medication in its original container and remove all identifying information before turning it in for disposal. Syringes cannot be accepted. Contact your physician for further information on the safe disposal of syringes.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines can languish in home cabinets and are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

For more information, visit dea.gov

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