Local Prescription Drug “Take-Back Day” April 30th
This spring, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its national and community partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
On Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., DEA and local law enforcement partners will hold their second “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” at sites nationwide. During this timeframe any pharmaceutical (prescription or over-the-counter) drug may be dropped off at the locations listed below. The service is free and anonymous—no questions asked. All efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of those disposing of the medications and no requests for identification will be made by police. Intravenous solutions, injectables, syringes and aerosol inhalers will not be accepted. Once collected, the drugs will then be turned over to the DEA and destroyed.
A number of area police departments will be participating in this prescription drug collection effort to include the: Plymouth Police Department at 334 Main Street in Plymouth, NH.
Last September, Americans turned in over 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by more than 3,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners. Approximately 2,500 pounds of prescription drugs were collected in New Hampshire alone during the last initiative.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to theft, misuse, and abuse. According to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high—more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.
“The overwhelming public response to the DEA’s first nationwide Take-Back event not only rid homes of potentially harmful prescription drugs, but was an unprecedented opportunity to educate everyone about the growing prescription drug abuse problem,” said DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. “Studies have shown that, for many, prescription drugs are the very first drugs they abuse—and all too often they aren’t the last. That is why we are committed to helping Americans keep their homes safe by ridding their medicine cabinets of expired, unused, and unwanted drugs.”
We hope that many will take advantage of this valuable opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs. Preventing these readily available and potentially deadly drugs from being misused by kids is something each and every one of us can do to help reduce the epidemic of prescription drug abuse that affects our communities.