During last year's event over 100 law enforcement agencies participated across Minnesota collecting almost 9.3 tons - or 18,508 pounds - of prescription drugs.
Last April, residents of Idaho removed 3,746 pounds of prescription drugs from circulation.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with the Artesia Police Department, has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day for Saturday, Oct. 28. Rose urges people to take part, saying statistics show the majority of drugs young people are getting addicted to are coming from a friend or family members or stolen out of the medicine cabinet.
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Medications must be brought to collection sites. "Diversion of opioid painkillers, in particular, can contribute to the misuse of these drugs that has become a serious nationwide problem". However, the liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging and evenly distributed within the boxes of collected solid prescription medications.
He figures more than a 1,000 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription drugs will be taken to his police department this year alone, including a couple of hundred pounds on Saturday. Also, flushing unwanted drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can cause safety and health problems, Smith said.
Experts say some opiate addicts get their start by using prescription drugs left in the home.
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MUSC Charleston: The MUSC Department of Public Safety can accept prescription medication at the MUSC Drug Discovery Building at 99 Jonathan Lucas Street from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) killed more than 33,000 people in 2015 alone.
Captain Tommy Cox is in charge of the LPD's take-back events and said that the event has been successful in the past.
The Juenau Police Department states that people can dispose of prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.
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To find event sites and year-round drop-off locations, visit ARTakeBack.org.