National Prescription Drug Takeback Day is coming up this Saturday, October 23. Help protect yourself and those around you by dropping off your unused medication at the North Port Police Department (4980 City Hall Blvd.) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.