MPD will collect and dispose of prescription drugs on Saturday

The Montgomery Police Department is working to prevent pill abuse and theft by joining the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, citizens can drop off unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs at 828 Forest Ave., the local Take-Back collection site and office of the Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD. 

According to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more Americans abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined.

Disposing of drugs at home by throwing them away or flushing them down the toilet can pose safety and health hazards, Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy said. On Take-Back day, individuals may dispose of any pharmaceutical controlled substances or other medications by delivering them to the collection site. There, the drugs will be collected by law enforcement and destroyed.

The Montgomery site is one of more than 4,700 collection sites nationwide.

Source: MPD