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Roswell Police Will Collect Unwanted Prescription Drugs

The agency will participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's national Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.

Credit: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Credit: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
The Roswell Police Department on Saturday will participate in a national effort to keep unwanted prescription medications off the streets.

The agency will participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's national Drug Take Back Day on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Roswell Recycling Center, located at 11570 Maxwell Road in Alpharetta. 

Roswell Police is partnering with the DEA and Keep Roswell Beautiful for the event, which is free for residents to utilize.   

Many prescription drugs often sit unused in home cabinets, which makes them more likely to be misused or abused. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are on the rise, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs, Roswell Police said in a news release. 

In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medications and often flush them down the toilet or throw them away. Both methods have been deemed potential safety and health hazards, as these drugs enter the water supply.  

These national Drug Take Back Days are designed to give residents a safe and effective way to dispose of the medications, which are burned to ensure they are not re-circulated in society. 
 
For more information, contact officer Lisa Holland at the Roswell Police
Department at 770-640-4422 or visit the DEA’s Drug Take Back Day website

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