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What to do with old or unused prescription drugs is a good question. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. The Princeton Police Department, Community Partners Against Substance Abuse, or CPASA, and the DEA are holding another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to give people the chance to prevent pill abuse and theft by clearing their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. What they don’t want you to do is flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash, which pose potential safety and health hazards. What you should do is bring your medications to the Princeton Police Department at 605 Elm Place, Princeton on Saturday from 10 to 1 to dispose of them. Princeton Police Chief Tom Root says everyone should bring in their unused drugs and help keep them out of the wrong hands. Root adds that although they gather them all up on National Take Back Day, drugs can be dropped off any day of the year. He says last year alone, they took in almost 2,000 pounds of discarded prescriptions. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Also taking part in National Take Back Day are the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office, Spring Valley Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and Buda and Wyanet police departments. More information is available online at dea.gov.
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