Have old medication? Today is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

BHCPD taking part in Drug Take-Back Day

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was created to reduce the number of children taking prescription drugs by mistake or to get high.

The take-back follows by two days President Donald J. Trump's declaration that opioid addiction a national public health emergency. "Keeping unused, unnecessary, or expired medication in homes increases the risk of it being abused". Since then, DEA has disposed of more than 8 million pounds of pharmaceuticals collected at these events. People wishing to dispose of medications can do so between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Police officials will accept pills and other solid forms of medication, but will not accept liquids, needles or sharps.




The program's campaign material states, "Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. And it's an opportunity for the citizens of DE to clean out their medicine cabinets, get rid of prescription or non-prescription drugs, even pet medication (s) they accept, to get it away from your home", said Leitzinger.

This weekend, local law enforcement is providing three sites in Pulaski County for residents to turn in their unused or unwanted prescription medications so they don't end up in the wrong hands. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards.

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