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Prevent prescription drug abuse, get rid of expired pills for free

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KHQ.com -  The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to give you another chance to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by turning over any expired, unused, or unwanted pills from your home for free.

The sheriff's office says you can safely get rid of those prescription drugs Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Albertson's Grocery Store at 161 W. Prairie Ave., Hayden, ID.

Deputies will be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They'll collect any expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs for free and without asking any questions.

The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps. It can only accept pills or patches.

In April of 2014, Americans turned in more than 780,000 pounds of prescription drugs across the country. The sheriff's office says when you combine those numbers with the results from the last eight "Take Back" events, the DEA and its law enforcement partners have taken more than 4.1 million pounds of pills.

The initiative's goal is to cut back on prescription drug abuse in the U.S., because pills that sit around in cabinets are easily available to diversion, misuse, and abuse. 

Rates of prescription drug abuse are very high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to those drugs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), everyday in the U.S. 113 people die as a result of prescription drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency rooms nationwide.

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