National Drug Take Back Saturday | Big Horn Basin Media

Turn In Unused Prescription Drugs to Police This Saturday

Written by on October 26, 2017

If you have any unused and unwanted prescription drugs around your house and you want to get rid of them safely, you can deliver them to the Cody Police Department this Saturday.
Cody Police Department is again participating in the “National Drug Takeback Day” on Saturday October 28, at the Law Enforcement Center at 1402 River View Drive. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Cody Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give residents an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
According to the Police Department, medicines that sit unused in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Additionally, residents are 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.
Last April Americans turned in 450 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—that’s more than 4,050 tons of pills. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

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