The Milford Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will host the annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the Milford Police Department, 400 NE Front St.

The service is free and anonymous.

In fall 2018, Americans turned in nearly 460 tons — more than 900,000 pounds — of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.

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

Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

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