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Fulton County Police Partners with Federal DEA to kick off Prescription Drug Take Back
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The Fulton County Police Department has partnered with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other government, community, public health and law enforcement partners to announce a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative.  The initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds - 121 tons - of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners, including the Fulton County Police Department.

The Fulton County Police Department will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused,

and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, October 29, 2011  from

10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter located at 6149 Old National Hwy, College Park, Georgia.

The service is free and anonymous; there are no questions asked or paperwork required.

Participants in this initiative are simply asked to bring their unused or unwanted prescription drugs to this location where they can be destroyed. The Fulton County Police Department will have a “drive-through” type setup in the Walmart Shopping Center Parking Lot. Participants can drive through and not get out of their car. No needles or Bio-Hazardous materials will be accepted.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family, friends and from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both of which are safety and health hazards. You can make your home safe and strengthen your community by participating in this nationwide prescription take-back program.

For more information contact Captain Darryl Halbert with the Fulton County Police Department at (404) 630-2530.

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