Another goal for Take Back Day is to keep drugs, especially opioids, out of the hands of people who don't need them.
Police officers will be on hand from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. October 27 in the west parking lot of the police station, 125 W. First St., Elmhurst.
With the misuse of prescription drugs having developed into a major national health concern, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is promoting a thriving initiative.
Moline started participating in Drug Take Back Day back in April.
This year the Moline Police Department collected more than 200 pounds of prescription drugs.
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Prescription drugs can be dropped off from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Muskingum County has also created a permanent drop off site that runs 24/7 at the Muskingum County jail. According to the MWRD, the event is aimed to provide a safe and responsible means for disposing prescription drugs. The disposal service is offered free of charge and no questions asked.
Officials are encouraging MA residents to drop off expired and unwanted medications at police stations this weekend. The program is sponsored by the DEA to combat the abuse or misuse of potentially unsafe medicines that have expired or are no longer needed for those whom these controlled substances were prescribed. Personal information will be removed from the containers.
The message is, don't flush your expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions, turn them in.
To find the drop-off location near you, head to the DEA collection site finder.
Officials were set up all over the county collecting them because it is never okay to throw them in the trash or flush them down the toilet.