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County police hosting drug Take-Back Day

Apr 26, 2013 - From staff reports

The RPD will participate in the sixth national prescription drug Take-Back Day on Saturday. Residents are invited to dispose safely of unwanted medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at City Hall, 816 N. Federal Blvd.

"Everyone can bring in their unused prescription meds and turn them into the Riverton police officer that will be posted there," RPD Capt. Eric Murphy said Friday.

There is no charge to drop off medications. Accepted items include any unused over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Items that will not be accepted include needles, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs.

The Lander Police Department also will host a drop-off location during the same times Saturday at Mr. D's, 725 Main St.

Officials encouraged anyone with unused medicine to take advantage of the event. Ridding the cabinets of extra medication helps avoid unauthorized usage of prescription drugs by family members, friends and children, or by burglars who may enter a home to retrieve the drugs. Medication also expires after a certain amount of time.

The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control reports more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications were removed from circulation during the previous five Take-Back events. For more information about the initiative, visit deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

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