Madison County to hold prescription drug collection

News-DemocratOctober 8, 2013 

Madison County will hold a prescription drug disposal day during which medication lock boxes will be given away.

It will be held on the parking lot of the county's Administration Building at 157 N. Main St. in Edwardsville. The first 25 people to arrive with medication to turn over will get a lock box that can be used to keep prescription drugs away from children.

Last April, more than 742,000 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in across the United States. In six previous Take-Back Events, over 2.8 million pounds of pills have been collected nationwide. Approximately 75 pounds were collected at the site in Edwardsville.

The collection is anonymous and free with no questions asked.

The prescription drug collection will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 26 and is sponsored by Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons, Coroner Steve Nonn and Sheriff Bob Hertz.

For more information, visit the State's Attorney website at www.madco-sa.org. Other communities participating in National Take-Back Day include Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Bethalto, Roxana, Granite City and Maryville. More information on those locations can be found at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

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