Saturday, April 28, is National Drug Take Back Day, and you can do your part to help fight opioid abuse by clearing your home of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter human and pet medications.

Pharmacies and police departments everywhere have takeback events planned for Saturday. Check here to see what's planned in your community. There also are permanent, year-round dropoff sites at many local police departments and sheriff's offices.

Locally, I have teamed up with independent pharmacies, law enforcement officials and addiction treatment and prevention advocates in Macoupin and Montgomery counties to host a bi-county drug takeback event Saturday morning.

It's happening from 9 a.m. until noon at Michelle's Pharmacy, Sullivan's Drugstore and Sav-Mor Pharmacy locations — 12 of them in all — throughout the two counties. Scroll down for a complete list of dropoff sites.

All you have to do is bring in any old medications — even unwanted flu and blood pressure medicines — and unneeded pet medications. It's all a potential magnet for opioid addicts, unscrupulous teenagers and thieves.

I hope you'll help us spread the word and take advantage of this opportunity. Watch the video below to find out why this is such an important effort all year long. Not only will you be helping the environment by properly disposing of medications, you'll be ridding your home of potentially dangerous substances that are probably just taking up space.



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