Drug Take-Back Day in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. — For the past few years the DEA has Hosted a nation wide drug Take-Back Day.

People all over the country are welcome to properly dispose of unused medications at select locations. There are two drug Take-Back days each year, one in the fall and another in the spring.

Saturday in Rapid City the Rapid City Police Department was at the Public Safety Building accepting and disposing of the drugs.

According to the DEA 9.9 million Americans misuse prescription drugs. They started this initiative to prevent addiction and keep the drugs from landing in the wrong hands. And new this year, people could dispose of vape pens and cartridges.

“If you have a vaping device we accept those as long as the batteries have been removed. if the batteries can not be removed from that device you’ll have to contact your local hazardous disposal facility and see if they have proper procedures for disposing of those products.” said Jerrell Lewellen, Evidence Specialist.

Last Spring the RCPD collected over 300 pounds of medications during the drug Take-Back and they expect just as much this fall.

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