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Make homes safer on National Drug Drop Off Day

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EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Making homes safer for children and teens; that's the mission of the Drug Enforcement Agency's Drug Take Back Day, which will be held nationall on Saturday.

This event helps prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Removing leftover drugs from homes keeps them out of the hands of young children who might swallow them by accident.

It also keeps them out of the hands of people who want to abuse them. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. Plus, you can no longer dispose of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash.

That poses potential safety and health hazards.

"I normally just throw them away," said Rachel Dickerson. "Or flush them."

"I generally just throw it in the trash," said Kristen Holmes.

"I'm guilty," said Glen Hill. "I haven't done it lately, but maybe because I've saw this I will use that service."

"It's a big safety thing, and they can dispose of any medication as long as it's not a syringe, and even if someone wanted to dispose of any kind of illegal drug, they can come there, do it and no questions asked and walk away," said Effingham County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer David Ehsanipoor.

The DEA, along with the Effingham County Sheriff's Office, is hosting the Drug Take Back program on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rincon Walmart.

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team and the DEA will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The four locations for Saturday's event are:

Walmart on Wilmington Island located at 4725 Highway 80 East

Walmart at 6000 Ogeechee Rd.

Walmart at 1955 E. Montgomery Cross Rd.

The CNT will also be staffing the following Rincon location:

Walmart at 434 S. Columbia Ave.

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