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Nampa Police Department: Drug take-back day April 26

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, the Nampa Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a drug take-back event.

Bring your expired, unused or unwanted prescription pills to the Nampa Civic Center parking lot, 311 3rd St. S. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

The disposal service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

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