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SPD hosts drug take-back event

The Superior Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration give the public a chance to rid their homes of unwanted medications 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It can help 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 Government Center parking lot, 1316 N. 14th Street. Citizens may dispose of solid (pill) medication by removing it from its container and disposing of it directly into the box provided at the collection site. Blister packages will be accepted without the medications being removed. Liquid medications will be accepted but must remain in the original packaging. Inhalers and needles cannot be accepted.

Law enforcement will not handle any pills or bottles so the person bringing the medications to the disposal site must dump them in the collection box provided.

The service is free and anonymous.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.

When those results were combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds of pills.