LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Laurel Police Department
On Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Laurel Police Department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The public is invited to bring their pills for disposal to the Laurel Police Department located at 317 South Magnolia Street.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This event addresses a vital public safety and public health issue of medicines that languish in home cabinets which are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, along with the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away in the trash, both pose potential safety, environmental and health hazards.
This is the fourth time that the Laurel Police Department has participated in such an event. The department collected over 100 pounds of prescription drugs during prior events.