The Logan City Police Department will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the first ever nationwide prescription drug take-back day. The date and time for this event will be Saturday September 25th 2010 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and it will take place in the parking lots of the Logan Fresh Market, 49 East 400 North, South Walmart Store at 1150 South 100 West in Logan, also at the North Logan Walmart, 1550 North Main and Smiths at 156 South Main in Brigham City. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, 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, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards. “By participating in the first-ever National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, we will reduce the risk of accidental poisoning, misuse and abuse of prescription drugs,” said Jeffrey D. Sweetin, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Rocky Mountain Division. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of this program, which will make our homes and communities a safer place to live.” Officers will be present to accept expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Please take advantage of this opportunity if you have prescription medications that fall under these classifications. Other Utah participants in this initiative include the Office of the Utah Attorney General, the Utah Prevention Network, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, the Utah Poison Control Center, the Utah Department of Health, the 211 Information and Referrals and the Utah Pharmaceutical Drug Crime Project.
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