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Concord police to host take-back day for prescription drugs tomorrow

The Concord Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host a take-back program for prescription drugs tomorrow.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., anyone can bring pills for disposal to the Concord police station at 35 Green St. The service is free and anonymous.

All prescriptions will be accepted for disposal with the exception of: IV solutions, injectables, syringes and other sharp objects, aerosols and inhalers.

No illegal drugs will be accepted.

This is the eighth time in three years that the city’s police have teamed up with the DEA to collect unused, unwanted or expired medications.

“This gives people an opportunity to turn it in, to get it out of their house,” said Lt. Timothy O’Malley of the Concord Police Department.

O’Malley said disposing of these medications reduces the risk of pill abuse and theft.

“These things just sitting around are just not good,” O’Malley said. “There’s a lot of abuse. We believe that the longer these things sit in someone’s medicine cabinet, there’s more likelihood someone’s going to find it and abuse it.”

Turning in these pills also has an environmental benefit, O’Malley said.

“Flushing them down the toilet and throwing them in the trash is not advised,” he said.

Across the country, the DEA has taken in more than 3.4 million pounds of pills during these collection events.

For the locations of other collection sites across the state, visit the DEA website at deadiversion.usdog.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

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