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U.S. Attorney, DEA, WPD Announce Drug Take Back Day Saturday

[CREDIT: US Attorney Wessman] DEA Resident Agent in Charge Sam J. Masiello, United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, and Warwick Police Chief Colonel Rick Rathbun.
[CREDIT: US Attorney Wessman] DEA Resident Agent in Charge Sam J. Masiello, United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, and Warwick Police Chief Colonel Rick Rathbun.
[CREDIT: US Attorney Wessman] DEA Resident Agent in Charge Sam J. Masiello, United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, and Warwick Police Chief Colonel Rick Rathbun.

WARWICK, RI — On Monday, UnitedStates Attorney Aaron L. Weisman and DEA Providence Resident Agent in ChargeSam J. Masiello visited Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial

Drive, where a secure collection box stands ready to collect unwanted and expiredprescriptions 24 hours a day, to promoteNational Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday.

Saturday marks the 17thannual year of the event, the importance of which has grown more significant asthe national opioid overdose epidemic continues, the officials said.

“Ratesof prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are thenumber of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs,” said Weisman,“Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained fromfamily and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. This is a perfectopportunity to Spring clean your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of expiredor unwanted prescriptions. It just might save a life.”

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The biannual event will be heldfrom 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at more than two-dozen safe and anonymous collectionsites around Rhode Island and thousands of sites around the nation. The eventis an opportunity to rid homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, andunwanted prescription drugs.

LastOctober Americans turned in 457 tons of unwanted prescription drugs at nearly6,000 locations across the country. In Rhode Island, more than two tons (4,364lbs.) of unwanted and expired prescriptions were collected and disposed of byDEA, according to Weisman’s office. Overall, in its 16 previous Take backevents, DEA and its partners have taken in over 11 million pounds – more than5,400 tons – of pills. The disposal service is free and anonymous, no questionsasked.

Warwick Police Chief ColonelRick Rathbun added, “This program allows the public to safely dispose ofunwanted and unused drugs that more often than not can wind up in the hands of

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someone at risk. Without the ability to safely dispose of drugs, to includeopioids, our city would be adversely impacted.”