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Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday in Oak Lawn

OAK LAWN, IL – The National Drug Removal Day is on this Saturday, April 28, and thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country are organizing drop-off points where residents can safely dispose of unused prescription drugs -the-counter medicines. The take-back day is also a great time to remind residents that they can hand in their unused or expired drugs to the Oak Lawn Police Department 365 days a year. A box is located in the lobby of the Police Department at 9446 S. Raymond Ave. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines can be delivered anytime between 8:00 am and 10:30 am

US sponsored drug events are held twice a year to help Americans safely dispose of expired and unused prescriptions. Since 201

0, more than 4,500 tonnes of expired or unused prescription drugs, including opioids, have been delivered during DEA events. Last fall, Americans turned over 912,305 pounds – or 456 tons – of potentially dangerous drugs, nearly 6 tons more, than was collected in spring 2017. That brings in 4,508 tonnes of prescription drugs that the DEA has been collecting since fall 2010.

Contained are always higher amounts of opioids, according to the DEA. Although these highly addictive drugs are prescribed for pain relief, they can be stolen and abused by family members and visitors, including children and adolescents.

Often the path to addiction to illegal drugs, such as heroin in a doctor's office, begins.

"The abuse of these prescription drugs has fueled the country's opioid epidemic, which has led to the highest rate of overdose deaths this country has ever experienced," said DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson in a statement , "This is a crisis that needs to be looked at from multiple angles – educating the public and removing these medicines from households in the United States prevents abuse where it often starts."

If you have any opioids left when you need them you'll want to get rid of those pills so they will not fall into the wrong hands. Visit the US DEA Diversion Control to find a collection point near you.

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