The Mobile Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration is collecting unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The event will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
It's an effort to help prevent pill abuse and theft. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds - over a thousand tons - of pills.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. 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.
The public is asked to take medications for disposal to Mobile Police Headquarters, located at 2460 Government Street.
For more information about the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, please contact Mobile Police at (251) 208-1918 or visit www.NationalTakeBackDay.com.