Decatur Police and DEA Host Drug Take Back Event This Weekend

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Saturday, October 22 marks the twelfth opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

People can bring unwanted drugs to the Decatur Police Department and drop them off without getting out of the car.

Last April, 447 tons (893,000 pounds) of drugs were dropped off at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA. The Take Back Program is an initiative to address public safety and health issues, as well as an attempt to stop prescription drug abuse and offer a safe alternative.

"We want to make sure the drugs that aren't being used in the community are being properly disposed of, that they aren't being flushed down toilets or contaminating the water system or being left in trash cans or medicine cabinets where people that aren't authorized or don't need those medicines have access," explains Decatur Police Sergeant Brad Allen.

The Decatur Police Department will surrender the drugs to the DEA, where they will be properly disposed.

Unwanted pills, medications, and other drugs can be taken to the Decatur Police Department located at 707 West South Side Drive on Saturday, October 22 from 10am to 2pm.

The DEA and Decatur Police will not accept liquids, needles, or sharps; only pills and patches.

The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked.

If you cannot make it to the event on Saturday, there is also a bin inside the Decatur Police Department where drugs can be dropped off anytime, 24/7.

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