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October 25, 2013

Dispose of outdated, unwanted prescription drugs at county jail

Residents encouraged to drop off outdated drugs.

PERU — The Miami County Sheriff’s Department is requesting area residents dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. at the Miami County Jail, 1104 W. 200 North, Peru,

The service is free and anonymous. Officials say no questions will be asked.

This is the seventh pill collection day in three years. Officials say it helps prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners, according to a press release.

Officials say the initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

Officials say rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that old methods for disposing of unused medicines, like flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose potential safety and health hazards.

The DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. It allows an owner of controlled substances to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the attorney general. The act also allows the attorney general to authorize long-term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller said he encourages all residents to check their homes for any unused or outdated prescription medications and bring them to the jail this Saturday.

“By working together, we can make Miami County a healthier and safer place to live,” he said.

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