INFORMATION RELEASE

Subject: DEA Drug Take Back
Date: 2021-04-16
From: Lieutenant Krag Campbell
Case or Incident: #N/A
Summary:

DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back

On April 24th, 2021, from 1o a.m.  to 2 p.m., the Juneau Police Department will be hosting a drop off location as part of the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back event. During that time, the public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at the Juneau Police Department, for disposal.

Types of medications that can be collected are tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. Vaping devices and cartridges may be accepted at drop off locations provided lithium batteries are removed.

At its last Take Back Day in October, DEA collected a record-high amount of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs across the Nation. Over the 10-year span of Take Back Day, DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs. With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential. Helping people dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is just one way DEA is working to reduce addiction and stem overdose deaths.

Learn more about the event at www.deatakeback.com, or by calling 800-882-9539.

All factual allegations contained in this release are based upon preliminary investigation and are subject to change or clarification as the investigation continues. Any charges reported in this release are merely accusations and all persons named in this release are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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