Drug Take Back Day aims to break record

We are days away from National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The DEA is aiming for a record breaking removal of unused pills through the initiative. This Saturday, collection sites will accept prescriptions from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Over the past eight years, the Drug Enforcement Administration has collected more than nine million pounds of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications.

The Pascagoula police will hold their Take Back Day at the Pascagoula Senior Center at 1912 Live Oak Street. Doug Adams with Pascagoula PD said, “It’s just better to get them back to us so that we can dispose of them. They’re not going down the sewer, not going down into the water systems, somebody’s not breaking into your house stealing them and trying to sell drugs. A lot of folks are addicted to prescription pain killers and some of these drugs are extremely powerful.”

According to the DEA, drug overdose is currently the leading cause of injury death in the United States.

Collection sites around the Coast can be found online. Liquids, needles, or sharps will not be accepted.

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