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unwanted Prescription drugs can be turned in safelyCitizens can turn in expired, unwanted, or unused prescription drugs and other over-the-counter medications, no questions asked, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, as part of a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative to prevent prescription drug abuse.

The Winston-Salem Police Department is participating in National Take-Back Day and will be accepting medications at the Public Safety Center, 725 N. Cherry Street in Winston-Salem, said Lt. Chris Lowder.

“Unused prescription drugs pose a safety hazard, can contribute to accidental poisonings or overdoses, and can become a source for prescription drug abuse,” Lowder said. “Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.”

Many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine Flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away create safety and health hazards.

Prescription and over-the-counter solid-dosage medications, such as tablets and capsules, will be accepted.

Intravenous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted.

Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.

More information about National Take-Back Day is available at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/takeback/.


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