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RI Law Enforcement Agencies Gear Up to Hold Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27th

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is once again joining local and state law enforcement agencies to remind the public to gather up their unused, expired and unwanted prescription medications for the next statewide Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday April 27th. Scheduled for Saturday, September April 27th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public can drop off prescription drugs at one of the more than 35 locations statewide (see link for locations).

Most communities are holding take backs at their police stations, however many police departments have expanded the program into the community. The Town of Lincoln will hold its' Take Back event at the Town Hall, and Johnston, at the Senior Center. Providence is holding its Take Back event at the Providence Public Safety complex, with additional locations at Walgreen's on Elmwood Avenue and North Main Street, and at the Miriam Hospital. Cranston is hosting its Take Back event at the Cranston Police Department and the Cranston Senior Center, and West Warwick will have drop off boxes at the West Warwick Police Station and the West Warwick Youth Center.

The event is free and anonymous.

"Since the program started in 2010, Rhode Islanders have responded by safely disposing of more than 6,000 pounds of expired or unwanted prescription medications," said Attorney General Kilmartin. "We cannot avoid the growing use and abuse of prescription drugs particularly by teens and young adults. By preventing drug abuse where it starts in the home - we can make a real impact on this dangerous and deadly addiction," said Attorney General Kilmartin. "The Prescription Drug Take Back program is a simple way to protect yourself and your family from potential killers in your home medicine cabinet."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more Rhode Islanders die from accidental prescription drug overdose than any other cause of death. And the number of individuals - especially teenagers - who abuse prescription medication is growing.

The list of participating locations is attached or can be found by visiting www.riag.ri.gov or www.dea.gov.

Please note: Needles are not accepted at collection sites. Liquids are accepted, so long as they are sealed.

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Department or agency: Department of the Attorney General

Online: http://www.riag.ri.gov/

Release date: 04-24-2013

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