Police departments across RI take part in Drug Take Back Day

Police departments across RI take part in Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday folks in Rapid City had the chance to help save lives with the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program.

In Osceola County, officials with the Sheriff's Office said they collected more than 680 pounds of unused, unwanted prescriptions in four hours. The "Drug Take Back" has been held twice a year since 2010 and is always a success.

There were drop off spots across the Coastal Bend.

"They don't ask any questions, we don't ask any questions", he said.

For those who couldn't make it to Saturday's take-back, police say there are other ways to get rid of medications.

"Over 70 percent of the time when people start abusing those painkillers, they did not directly get them from a doctor and they did not get them from a traditional street-level drug dealer". Ultimately, the medication ends up being incinerated.

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There are an average of 70 pills per adult in a household, according to Kozal.

"We are just trying to eliminate the possibility of drugs that are laying around people's houses ending up in the wrong hands", said Officer Bryan Kerr.

The Charleston Police Department was hoping to beat last year's total of 500 pounds of unused drugs collected.

There's a separate drop-off box for syringes also in the lobby. The box is similar to the Red Med Boxes.

From 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., people can drop off medications - including opioids - at several locations around the area.

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