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      Clean out your cabinets for Drug Take-Back Day

      {}Do you have a drawer or cabinet of medicines?{} Are any of them out of date?{} Now is the time to check because you can safely dispose of the medications at the Etowah County Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.{} It is part of a nationwide effort.{} The event will be Saturday, September 27.{} A take-back station will be set up at the East Gadsden Walmart from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

      A law enforcement officer will remain with the drug disposal box at all times, and the drugs that are turned in will be treated as evidence and properly disposed of.{} You should remove any identifying labels before you bring the medications, though.{} The Take Back initiative is designed so law enforcement officers will not handle the medications at any time, and there is no cost for those who wish to turn drugs in.

      "This is a great opportunity for individuals who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications," says Sheriff Todd Entrekin.{} "People can also bring their outdated over-the-counter medications to be disposed properly."

      According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration website, "In the previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners have collected over 4.1 million pounds (2,123 tons) of prescription medications were removed from circulation."{} Etowah County Sheriff's representatives report that in Alabama, 24,739.5 pounds of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs have been collected since the beginning of the Take-Back Initiative.

      Sheriff Entrekin states, "This event is one way Etowah County citizens can help our narcotic agents keep the illegal use of prescription medications out of the wrong hands and off our streets.{} I encourage everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of unused medications."
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