National Take Back Day to collect old prescription drugs

National Take Back Day to collect old prescription drugs

PINE BELT, MS (WDAM) - Law enforcement agencies in the Pine Belt are helping curb drug addiction and overdose deaths by participating in a National Drug Take Back Day.

It’s organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration and it takes place Saturday.

You’re encouraged to round up all of your old, unused prescription medications and drop them off at authorized collection sites.

“This is a way for people to safely get rid of unwanted, expired or unneeded medications,” said Tommy Cox, chief of the Laurel Police Department.

Laurel and Petal city police will be collecting at their department headquarters, while the Jones County Sheriff’s Department will have a site set up at the Laurel Walmart.

Hours for the Take Back Day are 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“Prescription drug abuse is so widely spread across our country and we’re seeing so many overdoses, even within our teenage community,” said Alex Hodge, Jones County sheriff.

“We do run into children getting a hold of medication and stuff like that, so it helps to prevent that by getting them taken out of the house,” said Miranda Williams, public information officer for the Petal Police Department.

Saturday will be the 17th National Take Back Day.

They happen twice each year.

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