The Windsor Police Department (WPD) wants your drugs and, no, we're not talking about illegal drugs (although they probably would like to know about that).

The department is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents are encouraged to drop off their unused or expired prescription medications at the WPD (200 N. 11th Street).

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While police won't ask any questions during the free event, they will not accept needles, sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, or illicit drugs.

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According to a press release from WPD, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day began with the passing of the Drug Disposal Act, "which aims to encourage the public and private entities to collect unused medications in a secure and convenient matter."

"Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue and proper disposal of unused drugs can save lives and protect the environment," said WPD in the release.

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Since its inception, the initiative has been largely successful. WPD reports that last year, Americans surrendered almost 986,000 pounds of prescriptions drugs across the country.

WPD is hosting its event in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). You can find more information about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day online here.

If you or a loved one is struggling with prescription drug addiction, you can learn more via the DEA's website or online here.

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