Madison County residents have turned in thousands of pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications in recent years as part of the yearly National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates more than 7-million Americans abuse prescription drugs.  The next take-back is coming up today, with numerous locations around the county

One of those will be held at the Bethalto Police Department from 10am-2pm.  Bethalto Police Chief Greg Smock says recent studies show most people who are abusing heroin started by abusing prescription medication.

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You can drop your old or unused medications off at the Bethalto Police station any time, as there is a secure drop box in the lobby.  There are numerous drop locations set up today.  To find one near you, call 1-800-882-9539, or follow the link at this story at AltonDailyNews.com.

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

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