Craig Police Participate in National Drug Take-Back Program

CRAIG-POLICE-BADGE-300The Craig Police Department will set up in the Centennial Mall parking lot this weekend to accept expired and unused prescription, or over the counter medications. The idea is to collect the unused medication and dispose of it properly. Items that will NOT be accepted include needles, syringes, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy or radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Officials say 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 at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many 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. This weekend’s event will take place Saturday from 10 to 2. If you have questions, call 826-2366.

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