DEA holding 23rd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration will host the 23rd National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event offers anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 locations nationwide. This is an easy, no cost opportunity to dispose of medicines stored in the home that are susceptible to misuse and theft.

Singing River Health will be participating in the drive-through event at their Ocean Springs and Pascagoula locations.

The DEA says other agencies participating include Gulfport, Long Beach, Biloxi, Wiggins, Picayune, and Poplarville police departments and Pearl River and George County Sheriff’s Department. Clinical Pharmacy Manager Chris Ayers said, “It’s important to do these types of events because we know that prescription medications are actually the leading causes of ER visits due to over doses, due to poisonings in children. It’s important to get these medications destroyed properly especially if you’ve got expired medications, unused medications that are no longer needed.”

To learn more about how to safely dispose of your medications, visit dea.gov/takebackday.

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