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King’s Daughters Medical Center and the Ashland Police Department will partner in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The initiative gives the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. 

Individuals can bring their medications for disposal to the Ashland Police Department, 201 17th St. or King’s Daughters Medical Center at the 23rd St. Medical Plaza B. 

“National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs,” Major Todd Kelly of the APD said. “It also educates the general public about the potential abuse of medications. We appreciate the willingness of King’s Daughters to support the APD in this initiative.” 

According to the APD, this initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Unused prescription medications languishing 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,” said Kelly. “In addition, Americans now are advised that the usual methods for disposing unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.”

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