Two agencies are working together to make their community safer and healthier by helping the public safely dispose of unneeded controlled substances to reduce opioid addiction.

The Metropolis Police Department and the Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition are partnering to hold a Prescription Drug Takeback Day on Saturday, April 30.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Metropolis Police Department, 1020 Broadway.

“It is important to our community that prescription drugs that are no longer needed by the patient or are expired be disposed of properly,” said Harry Masse, Metropolis director of Public Safety.

“Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem that seems to take a back seat in awareness.”

In addition to Saturday’s Drug Takeback event, unused prescriptions can also be dropped off at the Massac County Sheriff’s Department lobby at any time.

Further, free Deterra Prescription Drug Disposal bags are available to anyone in the community. These kits can dissolve prescription drugs that are no longer needed. The kits can be thrown away after use.

Deterra Prescription Drug Disposal bags are available free of charge at: the MCDAC office, Metropolis City Clerk, Metropolis Drugs I, Metropolis Drugs II, COPE Food Pantry, Massac County Mental Health, Massac Memorial Hospital/Clinics, Metropolis Fire Department, Loftus-McManus Funeral Home and Southern Seven Health Department.

The bags are also available any time of the day or night at the Metropolis Police Department and Massac County Sheriff’s Department.

“Overdose deaths continue to hit record highs,” said MCDAC director Holly Windhorst.

“Properly disposing of unused prescription medications can keep them out of the wrong hands.

“We want to do whatever we can to prevent addiction and overdose.”

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