'Drug Take Back Day' being held at various locations across the area

Local authorities take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Local authorities take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

According to the DEA, during last year's take-back day, law enforcement agencies nationwide helped collect over 900,000 pounds of undesired prescription drugs.

Sgt. James Revoyr of the Michigan State Police Calumet Post said they receive drop-offs at least three times a week.

"This nation has been hit hard by the epidemic of addiction and substance abuse, and in NY we are taking every possible step to combat this crisis", Governor Cuomo said in a statement. Note: The DEA can not accept needles or sharps.

National Drug Take Back Day will be taking place on Saturday, April 28.

"Every one of these locations has a permanent locked box on site so you don't have to wait for the Take Back Day", said Debbie Owens, executive director of Seminole Prevention Coalition. "Drugs that are left at home unused in medicine cabinets are fertile ground for abuse". Just last October in MS alone, crews were able to take 4,000 pounds of drugs off the streets.

For this event, FOX44 has teamed up with Integrated Pain Associates to help you dispose of your unwanted medications. The only items you can't drop off are liquids, needles and sharps. Children could accidentally take the unused medications, or someone may steal, misuse or abuse them.

More than 33,000 people died from opioids in the United States in 2015 and overdoses have quadrupled since 1999. "It's part of DEA's effort to educate", Simmons said.

He says National Take Back Days have proven successful.

Attorney General Brad Schimel says the campaign is a vital step in snuffing out the opioid epidemic that he says has grown to outrageous proportions.

"I think it's a very good thing that folks are bringing those unused drugs in".

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