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Local Police Agencies Hosting Drug Take Back Events Saturday

Local Police Agencies Hosting Drug Take Back Events Saturday

(The DEA can not accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Experts say, there is just no reason to keep medications that you no longer need.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. The Williamson County Sheriff's Office is partnering with LifeSteps to offer the box as a year-round safe medication disposal to WilCo residents.

"The goal is to avoid diversion and prescription misuse", said Rosana Sielaff, LifeSteps Coalition director in Round Rock.

"Disposing of unused medications is a step in the right direction by helping to prevent drug thefts, abuse and overdoses".

"Your child could be one pill or teaspoon away from indulging in prescription drugs", Branch said.

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Unused or expired medicine should never be flushed or poured down the drain.

Medications must be brought to collection sites.

This bin is not just available this Saturday, but is available YEAR ROUND, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Those suffering from an alcohol, tobacco or drug (illegal or prescription) addiction, call the Department of Health at 410-88-REACH (410-887-3224).

There will be drug take back collection points at the Fair Haven police department, Castleton police department, Rutland pharmacy, Rutland Hospital and Rutland County Sheriff's Department from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Since 2010, they have collected and disposed of over 1,725 pounds of prescription drugs.