The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration estimates 7-million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Today is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and locally, you can drop your old or unused prescription medication at the police station in Alton.
Among abusers over the age of 12, research shows 70% obtain the drugs from friends and family members. Alton Police Chief David Hayes says this is a resource for anyone, not just Alton residents.
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The Donald E. Sandidge Law Enforcement Center in Alton has a drop box for old medications that is available at any time. Today's special initiative runs from 10am-2pm. It is estimated more than 4,000 young adults and children have their first experiment with prescription drugs every day.