Hoover to participate in National Drug Take-Back Day

FROM STAFF REPORTS

HOOVER – The Hoover Police Department will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 28.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., HPD and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription (and non-prescription, over-the-counter) drugs.

Residents can bring pills for disposal to Hoover City Hall, located at 100 Municipal Lane.

Liquids or needles will not be accepted—only pills or patches.

The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked.

Participants will be able to quickly and conveniently drive around City Hall and drop off items.

“Many residents may not be aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse,” read a Hoover Police Department release. “Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.”

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 28 Take-Back Day event, visit DEADiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

The National Take-Back Day in April yielded 900,386 pounds (about 450 tons) of drugs at 5,498 collection sites across the country.