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Mt. Pleasant Public Safety to participate in National Take-Back Initiative

April 22, 2013 -- Members of the Mt. Pleasant community will have another opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription on April 27 as the Mt. Pleasant Division of Public Safety and Walgreens participate in the National Take-Back Initiative for prescription drugs. This event will be held at the Walgreens located at 903 North Mission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This initiative addresses vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are 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 in the trash — pose potential safety, environmental, and health hazards.

Anyone unable to attend this event can walk in and anonymously deposit unused or expired prescription medications 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the lobby of the Mt. Pleasant Division of Public Safety building, located at 804 E. High Street.