Public Service Announcement: 02:00 PM, Wednesday, April 26

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

UPD will be taking back unwanted prescription drugs, Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:00AM-2:00PM, Welcome Center on University Avenue.

Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the University Police Department (UPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Welcome Center on University Avenue. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles, only pills or patches.) This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, 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 and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, contact the University Police Department (662-915-7234).

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