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SPD hosting drug take-back program Saturday

SHERIDAN — Sheridan residents will have the opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs this weekend at a take-back program hosted by the Sheridan Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The event will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walgreens, 1766 Coffeen Ave. The service is free and entirely anonymous.

Last September, people turned in 244 tons of proscription drugs at more than 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and local law enforcement agencies, according to a media release from the Sheridan Police Department. Received medications are safely disposed of by the agencies.

Police officials said the program addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, since medicines that languish in homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

Additionally, some methods of disposing of unused medications such as flushing them down the toilet also pose potential safety and health hazards.
Following this weekend’s event, the Sheridan PD and DEA will have hosted six take-back programs in the last three years.
A police spokesman said the agency plans to continue hosting the collections every few months.

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