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Story last updated at 4:28 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Police participate in take-back drug day

Staff Report

As part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, the Homer Police Department participates in the national effort to safely dispose of unwanted, unused prescription drugs.

Rather than set up a one-time effort, Homer Police have already set up a 24-hour, seven-days a week drop box in its lobby on Heath Street. People with unused drugs can drop them off in the box at any time, no questions asked.

The drop box is part of MAPP — Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships — efforts to reduce substance abuse. Unused prescription drugs can be stolen or taken if left in homes, or retrieved if thrown away in the trash, and then abused or illegally sold. Drugs flushed down toilets can contaminate water supplies.

For more information on MAPP substance abuse programs, visit www.MAPPofSKP.net.


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