Saturday is drug take-back/shred-it day in the Valley

sdeter@idahostatesman.comApril 26, 2013 

Saturday, April 27, will be a busy day for Treasure Valley law enforcement agencies as they provide people the opportunity to safely dispose of unneeded medications and protect their identities from thieves.

DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY

Local agencies are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at several Valley locations.

During the previous five efforts held during the past three years, the DEA says it has collected more than 1,000 tons of expired, unwanted prescription medications. The free, anonymous service, provides a vital service, according to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.

"We know that young people consider controlled-substance prescription drugs, like Vicodin, to be a safer way to get high, but they couldn’t be more wrong," Leonhart says on the DEA's website. "By removing unwanted prescription drugs from their homes, the public helps prevent experimentation, addiction, overdose and even death."

Here's where you can drop off your unwanted medications in the Valley:

• Boise: Public Safety Building, 7200 Barrister Drive

• Eagle: Albertsons, 250 S. Eagle Road

• Meridian: school district office, 1303 E. Central Drive

• Garden City: Fred Meyer, 5425 W. Chinden Blvd.

• Kuna: Paul's Market, 700 E. Avalon St.

For more information, go to www.dea.gov.

COMMUNITY SHRED-IT DAY

Community Shred-It Day, also from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., will be at the parking lot of the Public Safety Building on Barrister. This is your opportunity to prevent identity theft by destroying items with sensitive data such as check stubs, tax papers, bank statements, computer back-ups, and even old credit cards and cassette tapes.

There is a limit of five boxes/bags per vehicle. Donations will be accepted for Boise Area Crime Stoppers, which is sponsoring the event.

Sean Deter: 377-6450; Twitter: IDS_Deter

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