On Saturday, October 26th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Cannon County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Woodbury Drug Center at 604 W Main Street. (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 12 million pounds--nearly 5,500 tons--of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else's medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. 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.
Come by with all your old and unused prescription pills, and meet and support the folks of your local Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. In our April Take Back event, over 21 pounds were turned in locally and passed along to the DEA for incineration. Those that drop off old & unused prescription drugs will receive a coupon for a personal prescription lock box, while supply last.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26th Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or visit our Facebook page at 'cannoncoalition'.