State Rep. Patrick Windhorst and the Metropolis Police Department will host a free prescription drug drop-off event on Wednesday, July 15 at the Metropolis Police Department, located at 1020 Broadway St.

Residents may drop off unused, expired, or unneeded medications, patches, vitamins and pet medicines from 9-11 a.m. Hypodermic needles and illegal drugs will not be allowed for disposal. Hypodermic needles can be dropped in a drop box at the Massac County Sheriff’s Department in the lobby. The sheriff’s department is located at 515 Market St.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information or questions, contact Windhorst’s Harrisburg district office at 618-294-8703 or email Windhorst@ILHouseGOP.org.

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