The Wiggins Police Department will help citizens safely dispose of prescription drugs later this month.

Partnering with the Wiggins Wal-Mart, the WPD will host the national prescription take back on Saturday April 24 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The prescription medicines will be collected in front of the Wal-Mart and disposed of through the DEA.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day’s purpose is to provide a safe

and responsible means to dispose of prescription drugs, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The event gives citizens a convenient outlet and even to dispose, it also serves as an opportunity to educate the public about the potential for drug abuse.

Leftover prescription pills in the home can inadvertently lead to a myriad of tragedies like accidental poisoning, misuse, and overdose.

The DEA strongly encourages people to disposal through a program or returning them to a pharmacy rather than flush them down the drain or toss pill bottles in the trash.

Last October, Police Chief Jeff Thomas reported the most recent Drug Take Back Day for the Wiggins community yielded five large boxes of leftover or unused prescription pills.

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