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It’s important to dispose of your leftover prescription drugs as soon as you are finished using them. Having them available in cabinets and drawers in your home creates a temptation for visiting youth, and friends and relatives whom you would never suspect of being addicted or else involved with re-sale of your medicine. It also could be the item that is searched for during a break-in. All in all, to keep these pills from popping up on the street and into those who shouldn’t take them, they need to go back.

It’s not a good idea to flush them down the toilet. That puts the ingredients into the water system and it could affect people adversely along the way. It’s not a great idea to put them out in your trash either, as they could be taken by others, or eventually seep out into a landfill.

That’s why nearly every community has established a couple of days when they set up containers and everyone can bring back leftover prescription drugs that are expired, unused, unwanted. They are accepted free of charge and no questions are asked.

September 29, 2012 was an excellent example of one of these programs in Columbia. There was more public participation that in any of the four prior events.

According to the DEA, 5700 sites were set up nationwide, with 4300 of those being operated by DEA local law enforcement partners. 774 tons of prescription drugs have been taken back and turned in over the past few years.

Harry S. Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division said that, “Prescription drug abuse, especially among our youth, continues to be a major concern in America. Many users of street drugs like heroin start with prescription drug abuse.” He encouraged people to go to www.dea.gov to find a nearby collection site where they can return their leftover medicine.

The pills are generally taken and incinerated.

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