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Happening today: Turn in your unused prescriptions on Take Back Day Saturday

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is holding its 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, Oct. 24, at locations across the country.

In Vicksburg and Warren County, event locations will be staffed by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office or the Vicksburg Police Department from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

  • Outlets of Vicksburg, 4000 S. Frontage Road
  • Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 3341 Halls Ferry Road
  • WalMart, 2150 Iowa Blvd.

The nationwide event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets.

Collection sites will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement.

“The initiative – now in its 10th year – addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” said DEA Acting Administrator Timothy Shea in a statement. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Together with our partners, we are not only holding National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, but offering other ways to dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications.”

Given the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the DEA wants to ensure that the public is aware of other ways they can dispose of unwanted prescription drugs without having to leave their homes. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have tips on how to safely dispose of drugs at home.

In addition to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, prescription drugs can be disposed of at any of the 11,000 DEA authorized collectors at any time throughout the year. Search for those sites at https://apps2.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e1s1.

DEA also encourages the public to reach out to their local law enforcement to find out if they have any permanent drug disposal locations throughout their local community.

DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms. DEA will also accept vape pens or other electronic cigarette devices from individual consumers, only after the batteries are removed from the devices. If the battery cannot be removed, individual consumers can check with large electronic chain stores who may accept the vape pen or e-cigarette devices for proper disposal. Liquids, including intravenous solutions, syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs cannot be dropped off. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

For more information on DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and to find other collection sites near you, visit www.deatakeback.com.

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Sinkhole repairs on Mt. Alban Road giving way

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Repairs on a sinkhole on Mt. Alban Road at Culkin Road in Warren County are giving way in four places due to the extremely heavy rainfall Friday night.

A broken water pipe undermining the roadway caused the sinkhole to open Friday morning. Crews were quickly on the scene to fix the pipe and repair the sinkhole. That fix is now giving way.

Use caution and avoid the area if possible.

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Absentee ballot rule change allows voters to correct an error

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One change in the absentee ballot process will allow voters to “cure,” or correct an issue of mismatched signatures.

Previously, when a signature on the ballot did not exactly match the one on the ballot application, the ballot would not be counted. Now, due to recent Mississippi legislation (House Bills 1521 and 824) that authorized the Secretary of State’s Office to develop administrative rules with regard to absentee voting and polling place safety, voters with mismatched signatures will be notified, and they will have 10 days to correct the issue and still have their vote count.

The newly adopted rules also provide regulations concerning safety for in person voting. Secretary of State Michael Watson said his office will continue to work with county election officials to uphold the integrity of the electoral process and ensure it is as safe as possible to vote in person on Election Day.

 

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