It’s time to rifle through the medicine cabinets, nightstand drawers and set-aside purses.

The Curry County’s Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a Take Back Day April 27 in which expired and unneeded can be turned in and properly disposed of.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Curry County Sheriff’s Office substation at 16350 Lower Harbor Road, suite 203 at the Port of Brookings Harbor or the sheriff’s office at 29808 Colvin St. in Gold Beach.

This marks the 17th time in eight years that law enforcement has offer the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA can only accept pills and patches, and not liquids, needles or sharps.

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

Last fall Americans turned in 457 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,700 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” said Curry County Cpl. Jeremy Krohn. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows every year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen 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, health and environmental hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or contact the Curry County Sheriff’s Office at 541-247-3242.

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