DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Oct. 23

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Prescription drug abuse is becoming a crisis now more than ever, but local experts say we can fight back. 

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, an epidemic of a different kind impacted millions of people and dominated the headlines. According to data from the CDC, 2020 was the worst year the US has ever seen when it comes to opioid overdoses.

That’s why Saturday, Oct. 23 is the next to National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It happens twice a year, and it’s sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. You can drop off unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications, e-cigarettes, and Vape pens to safe disposal collection sites.

Too often unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. According to

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Hattiesburg YMCA site of National Healthy Kids Day events

Live music, yoga, boxing and more will be taking over the Hattiesburg YMCA on Saturday for National Healthy Kids Day.

“These kids have been shut in from the pandemic and shut out of school activities. This is my way of saying ‘Welcome back,’” Jerry Baker, a barber who is donating free haircuts at the event, said in a media release.

The event will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All activities will be set up tailgate-style in the parking lot of the YMCA at 3719 Veterans Memorial Drive in Hattiesburg.

This free event will feature live music by one-man band Charles “CC” Carter, an appearance by Mississippi Miss Hospitality McKay Lee Bray and health and wellness representatives from the community. There will be a community product giveaway sponsored by Spartan Mosquito.

Healthy Kids Day will also feature multiple interactive activities including yoga and boxing demonstrations.

UPDATE:Free drive-in movie

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