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Milford Participates in Drug Take-Back Day

MILFORD, Del. - It's  National Drug Take-Back Day, an event coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration to collect unused prescription and over-the-counter medications, and then dispose of them properly.

Local law enforcement set-up booths across the country for people to drop off their drugs. The Milford Police Department was one location that participated.

The state of Delaware has taken part in this program twice a year for the past four years, and according to police, more and more people show up each time around.

Judy Caldwell has participated several times before and was one of many who came to the Milford Police Department.

"I watch for it every spring and fall," she said. "My husband has a lot of health issues and it's a good way to get rid of drugs safely, so that he doesn't take any longer."

Many people flush unused pills, but that can pollute the water. Also, simply throwing away medicine can lead to animals eating them or other people finding the medication and abusing them.

"I've been collecting them over the past six months;  I've had my moms, my grandmothers and mine so I collected them all together and got rid of them because it's better for the environment, you can't just throw them away," Rhonda Owens, another participant in Milford, said.

"It's just getting rid of drugs safely," Caldwell explained. "They're not filling up our sewage you know if people have lawns and things that can be contaminated with it I think it's just a safe way to do it."

The program also serves as a reminder for people to keep an eye on expiration dates. Ken Moore works for local elderly care organization Cheer.

"For one thing its making sure that the expiration dates and all on medicine have not passed because working in the senior business like I do, we know the importance of making sure the medicines are properly dated and that the seniors are receiving the medicines that they are supposed to be prescribed," he explained.

Delaware had 30 other locations today to drop off medication. Maryland had 99 locations, and Virginia had over 200.

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