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      Columbia Police want your old drugs

      Tomorrow CPD Officers, Walgreens representatives, and community members will sponsor a local â??Prescription Drug Take Backâ?? day.
      IRMO, S.C. (WACH)- Do you have a medicine cabinet full of old prescription drugs you don't need anymore? Columbia Police and Walgreens have a way for you to get rid of them safely.

      Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago announces a partnership with the Columbia Police Department and Walgreens Pharmacy.

      Tomorrow CPD Officers, Walgreens representatives, and community members will sponsor a local ??Prescription Drug Take Back?? day.

      The idea stems from the national program, designed by DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) to provide a venue for persons who want to properly and safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription medicines.

      The effort also reduces the amount of accidental prescription drug overdoses in adults and children.

      Saturday??s program will include games and activities for children along with educational opportunities.

      According to the Food and Drug Administration:

      ? Follow any specific disposal instructions on the drug label or patient information that accompanies the medication. Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet unless this information specifically instructs you to do so.

      ? Take advantage of community drug take-back programs that allow the public to bring unused drugs to a central location for proper disposal.

      ? If no instructions are given on the drug label and no take-back program is available in your area, throw the drugs in the household trash, but first: Take them out of their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. The medication will be less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through your trash.

      Put them in a sealable bag, empty can, or other container to prevent the medication from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.