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Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:05 am

GOT DRUGS?

Once upon a time, a few extra Vicodins or Percocets after a root canal or sprained ankle were considered good things. No need to call the doctor for more drugs in the event of a twisted back or particularly bad day at the office. But no more. With the rise of cheap heroin, even cheaper Fentanyl and cheaper yet elephant tranquilizer, potentially addictive drugs are no joke, and so the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and local police departments, businesses and health agencies are teaming up this weekend for the annual National Takeback Initiative, which allows folks who have unwanted prescription drugs to deposit pills at local cop shops so they can be safely incinerated. Any prescription drugs, not just painkillers, will be accepted on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Experts warn that drugs flushed down the toilet or thrown in the garbage can pollute the ecosystem, and so letting pros burn prescription drugs is the best course. Folks with drugs they don’t want or need can being them to the Sangamon County Health Department at 2833 South Grand Ave., Prevention First at 2800 Montvale Drive, the Hy-Vee pharmacy, 2115 S. MacArthur Blvd., the Sherman Police Department at 2629 E. Andrew Rd., or the Chatham Police Department, 117 E. Mulberry St.

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