The event is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. and is meant to prevent prescription drug abuse.
"Unused medications are risky for kids, pets and the environment", Schmidt said. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards. No sharps, liquids or syringes can be accepted at the drop-off location.
"The majority of prescription drug abusers say they get their drugs free from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet", he said.
Last year, many thousands of pounds of prescription drugs were collected at approximately 6,100 sites.
As much as the opioid crisis is born of myriad factors, combatting the misuse of prescription drugs by curtailing prescription lengths and drug quantities is a priority in reducing the number of affected people. "Getting leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets and safely destroyed keeps them from falling into the wrong hands".
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"The drop off box is available during normal business hours, 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or by calling 744-7560 or 911 if it is after hours, and we can let you in to drop off the meds", said Eveleth Police Chief Tim Koivunen.
Razza, who serves as Deputy Chief of the Johnston Police Department, stood inside his office reading what he said are "some staggering statistics".
The Juenau Police Department states that people can dispose of prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.
The Food and Drug Administration recommends disposing of medical sharps, which includes needles, syringes, lancets and auto-injectors into an FDA-cleared sharps container, which is specifically created to prevent leaking or punctures.
Joint Base Charleston: Joint Base Charleston is accepting unwanted medication for safe disposal at the Navy Exchange, located at 1765 Redbank Road, Suite 100 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.