More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
The goal of the Prescription Drug Take Back is to provide a convenient drop off location for the public to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs. To date, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, along with its law enforcement partners, has collected 17,780 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs and safely disposed of them.
The Prescription Drug Take Back accepts unwanted prescription drugs from non-commercial, residential users. Participation is free and anonymous; all prescriptions will be disposed of with “no questions asked.”
The program is in partnership with law enforcement in:
Blaine, Centennial Lakes, Columbia Heights, Fridley, Lino Lakes, Ramsey, Spring Lake Park, and St. Francis
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