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National DEA Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 26, and all are encouraged to clean out their old and unused prescription drugs and discard of them properly in the take back box located at Northtown Drug. The box is available year-round during business hours.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day offers everyone the opportunity to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths by simply dropping off their unused and outdated prescription medications at the drop box provided. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 26, and the place to take your unused and no longer needed prescriptions is Northtown Drug, located at 100 Main St., in Shelby.

“This box is available not only on National DEA Take Back Day, but year-round,” said Alliance for Youth coordinator, Mary Miller. “It is the only drop-off box in Toole County.”

In the past, Toole County has been able to destroy anywhere from 10 to 15 pounds of unused medications! According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs and the study showed that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. By ridding your home of unneeded prescriptions you are reducing the amount of prescription drugs available to be abused.

One thing to note, syringes and liquid medications are not intended for the drop-off box. If you are needing to dispose of these items please contact your medical provider to find out the best way to do so.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in National Take Back Day and there will be no questions asked or paperwork required. 

“No questions are asked about the medications you are disposing of and no personal information is gathered on those medications,” said Miller. “Ann (Clark, owner of Northtown Drug) would also like to remind everyone that this drop off box is available to the public anytime during the store’s business hours, all year long.”

The DEA originally began hosting National Prescription Drug Take-Back events in 2010 and the last Take-Back day in 2018 brought in almost one million pounds of unwanted or expired medications from over 5,800 sites across the US. The total amount of prescription drugs collected by the DEA since the fall of 2010 is an amazing 9,964,714 pounds!

Join in the effort to be a part of the solution and not an unknowing part of the problem. Over 115 people die each day from opioid (narcotic) overdoses across the nation. Gather up your expired and no longer needed prescriptions and be a part of the Take Back event on Saturday, Oct. 26.

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