The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration estimates 7-million Americans abuse prescription drugs.  It is estimated more than 4,000 young adults and children have their first experiment with prescription drugs every day.  Nationally, the fall National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is set for this Saturday, September 27.  Locally, there are a number of locations participating, including the Bethalto Police Department.

Among abusers over the age of 12, research shows 70% obtain the drugs from friends and family members.  Bethalto Police Chief Greg Smock says this program provides a way to permanently take the old or unused drugs out of circulation.

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There are numerous drop locations that will be set up Saturday.  To find one near you, call 1-800-882-9539, or follow the link:



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