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Prescription drug disposal day is April 29

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:57 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:51 p.m. CDT

OREGON – April 29 is the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, when local law enforcement agencies encourage people to drop off expired and unused prescriptions so they can be disposed in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

Prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements, and pet medications should be put in a sealed plastic bags, with liquid medication, ointments, and creams in separate bags.

Prescription labels should be removed or blacked out on pill bottles. 

Hypodermic needles/sharps, thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, and medicines from business or clinics will not be accepted.

Most Sauk Valley law enforcement agencies have drop boxes available year-round. Call your local agency for more information.

Go to shawurl.com/2w9b for more information on Drug Take Back Day, or to find a local disposal site.

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