The group, led by the Rev. Henry McGrath and Harold Bryant, Jr., takes the approach to the problem by training the public in ways they may legitimately take back their neighborhoods through proactive involvement with municipal government and law enforcement.
"What we are able to do in cooperation with the DEA and National Drug Take-Back Day is get these unwanted prescription drugs, pills, capsules, and other items out of circulation".
The community can bring medications for disposal, 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, in the front lobby of the Murrieta Police Department, located at 2 Town Square in Murrieta.
"Today the United States is facing the worst drug crisis in our history, as more Americans are dying from drug overdoses than ever before", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday. The president's national health emergency declaration opens certain federal funds to drug treatment groups, among other things. (DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.) They can find nearby collection sites at www.DEATakeBack.com or by calling 800-882-9539.
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Pulaski Police Department is in charge of the booth at Food City, while Dublin Police Department hosts the one at CVS and, this year, Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is hosting the booth at Walmart. "The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet", the Drug Enforcement Agency says. "Prescription drugs are especially susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse".
During its 13th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in April 2017, the DEA and more than 4,200 of its national, tribal, and community law enforcement partners collected 900,000 pounds (450 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 collection sites.
"Flushing them down the toilet poses potential health concerns".
Since the program began in 2011, 151,318 pounds (75.66 tons) of drugs have been destroyed.