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Tallahassee Police Participate in "Take-Back Day"

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Posted at 5:58 PM, Apr 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-28 14:45:08-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which means it's time to clean out your cabinets of any unused and expired medicine.

As a part of the national "Take-Back" day, Tallahassee Police Officers will be accepting any unwanted, unused, or expired medicine, whether it's prescription or over the counter.

Cleaning out your medicine cabinet regularly not only ensures that nothing is expired, but it also prevents medicines from falling into the wrong hands.

"An older person may have their grandchild come in and accidentally take it because they think it's candy," says Kristen Baker, M.D., a Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Resident. "It's really a preventative way of keeping you from medications being used improperly."

Officer David Northway, from the Tallahassee Police Department, agrees. "Lots of times, people will get medication from their doctors. They'll take most of the medication, and then put the few extra pills in their cabinet somewhere and completely forget about them. The bad part is that those pills can then get into someone else's hands, your teenagers, your kids."

Although TPD will accept unwanted medicine at anytime, Saturday's "Take-Back" runs from 10 AM until 2 PM in front of their station.