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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Atlantic Apothecary in Smyrna hosts April 27 take drugs back day

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  • Atlantic Apothecary in Smyrna will be one of several Kent County sites hosting the bi-annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this weekend.
    Prescriptions drugs can be dropped off at Atlantic Apothecary Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Atlantic Apothecary is located in Christiana Care's Smyrna Health & Wellness Center on South Main Street in Smyrna.
    The spring 2013 prescription Drug Take-Back Day is sponsored by the Division of Public Health (DPH) and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The event gives the public the opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of unused medications, prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescriptions drugs.
    Since the first statewide Drug Take-Back event was held in May 2010, the seven Take-Back Days have removed a total of 22,212 pounds of medicines from circulation in Delaware.
    Anyone can bring medications for disposal to 25 collection sites statewide. To find a collection site near you, visit: www.delawarehealthyhomes.gov or call 1-800-882-9539. Prescription and over-the-counter pills, liquids, and cream medications will all be accepted - even pet medication.
    Injectables and aerosols are not included in the program, and will not be accepted. Collection is both free and anonymous. No questions or requests for identification will be made. Personal information should be removed from bottles and packages.
    The medications will be collected in specially marked barrels or boxes, and then safely destroyed.

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