Prescription Drug Disposal
NATIONAL TAKE BACK INITIATIVE PELHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT – COMMUNITY ROOM APRIL 30, 2011 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The “Take Back” initiative addresses a public safety and health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
In an effort to address this problem, DEA, in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies conducts National Take Back Day to provide a venue for persons who wanted to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. At the last event in September, the American Public turned in more than 121 tons of pills. DEA has scheduled the second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Pelham Police Department in the Community Room. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the first event or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them.
Source: Pelham, NH Police Department.