"Getting prescription drugs out of people's homes keeps kids and other people from getting their hands on them", Sheriff Gene Fischer said.

He added that throwing the medicines in the trash and flushing them down the toilet are not advised, as they can potentially cause health and safety hazards.

Drug Take-Back Day is an initiative that started seven years ago in an effort to reduce the rates of prescription drug abuse as well as the number of accidental poisonings from these drugs.

Citizens can also take advantage of the prescription drug drop-box located in the lobby of the police department 24/7, 365 days a year. The CDC reports that one person dies every 19 minutes from a drug overdose in the USA through prescription pain killers.

"Remember that the abuse of prescription medication is unsafe and many times leads to other more serious addictions such as heroin addiction. No needles, no liquids, no inhalers or nebulizers".

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