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Drug take-back event set for Saturday

DeKALB – DeKalb residents will have an opportunity Saturday to clear out their medicine cabinets safely and anonymously.

As part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a collection site will be set up outside the DeKalb Police Department for unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs to be turned in.

DeKalb police Lt. Wes Hoadley said the department has participated in the prescription drug take-back event for the past five years and partners with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which handles the disposal of the prescription medication.

A large amount of prescription pills were turned in last year, Hoadley said. Some people have dropped off medication already this week in advance of the take-back event.

Collecting the medication allows for the safe and proper disposal of prescription drugs, rather than flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage.

If someone dies and leaves behind a large quantity of prescription medication, family members might be unsure of what to do with it, Hoadley said. The take-back event allows them to dispose of it safely.

Collecting the medication also helps prevent prescription drug abuse.

Turning in medication is free and anonymous. A police representative will be outside under a white canopy Saturday to assist those who want to drop off unwanted prescription drugs. In case of inclement weather, medication can be turned in at the main lobby.

Liquid medications and syringes or sharps cannot be accepted. For information, contact DeKalb police at 815-748-8400.

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