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CPASA and law enforcement agencies partner for Drug Take Back Day Oct. 24

PRINCETON — Community Partners Against Substance Abuse Coalition (CPASA), Princeton Police Department and Spring Valley Police Department will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration to host National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Locations will include Princeton Police Department, 605 Elm Place, and Spring Valley Police Department, 215 N. Greenwood St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to dispose of and get rid of unused prescription pills and over- the-counter medication. This is also another way to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Please note, no needles or liquids will be accepted.

CPASA and its law enforcement partners have collected over 10,000 pounds (five tons) of prescription and over-the-counter drugs through participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back days and the use of permanent disposal boxes in Bureau and Putnam counties since 2010.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health,9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

CPASA also has the ongoing Prescription Drug Disposal Program boxes at the following locations:

• Bureau County Sheriff’s Office and Jail.

• Princeton Police Department.

• Spring Valley Police Department.

• Ladd Police Department.

• Walnut Police Department.

• Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

• Granville Police Department.

• Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.

• Henry Police Department.

If you would like further information on the Prescription Drug Disposal Program (P2D2) program, visit CPASA’s website at www.cpasa.org.

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