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Published on April 13, 2024
Coon Rapids Police Enable Safe Prescription Drug Disposal on National Take Back DaySource: City of Coon Rapids

The battle against prescription drug abuse is taking a concrete step forward in Coon Rapids, where the local police department is gearing up to help citizens safely discard their unwanted medications. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, set for April 27, is not only about disposal but also about education on the dangers of medication misuse.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents can swing by the Coon Rapids Police Department at 11155 Robinson Dr. to drop off their unused or expired prescription drugs. "Stop by... drop off... and keep your unused/expired prescriptions out of the wrong hands," the city urged in a statement. This initiative, indeed, is a critical part of the broader fight against a crisis that, too often, begins at home in the medicine cabinet.

As the opioid epidemic continues to grip the nation, local efforts such as this take on increased importance. The Drug Enforcement Administration, partners in this national event, points out that disposing of these drugs lessens the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse. For further information about the event and drug disposal, residents are directed to visit the DEA website.

According to the Coon Rapids city announcement, the service is free and anonymous, no questions asked, ensuring that it's both easy and convenient for community members to take part. In the past, Take Back Day has seen significant participation across the country, with the DEA reporting tons of drugs collected and safely destroyed. Helping, in protecting our communities from the potential ravages of addiction one bottle at a time.