St. Clairsville -- On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.Along with local lawenforcementandCardinal Health, Riesbeck's Pharmacies are proud to sponsor drug take back eventsin ourcommunities.

Bring your pills for disposal to any Riesbeck's Pharmacy locations Bridgeport, Cambridge, Shadyside, St. Clairsville, Wintersville and South Zanesville. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) We follow HIPAA laws and regulations by shredding prescription labels and vials and disposing of them properly. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in turned in 731,269 pounds--almost 366 tons--of medication to DEA and more than 4,000 of its community partners at almost 5,200 collection sites nationwide. Over the life of the program, 7.1 million pounds (more than 3,500 tons) of prescription drugs have been removed from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and nightstands by citizens around the country.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines--flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash--both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website at