This initiative addresses the public safety and public health issues that surround medications languishing in home cabinets, becoming highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.
Over the next week the Gonzales Police Department will be hosting two events, including a Drug Take Back Day on Saturday and a Haunted Police Department event on Halloween. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, police say. Liquids, needles and sharp objects will not be accepted.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with local law enforcement in the Pacific Northwest to have a drug take-back day on Saturday.
"In Connecticut, the total number of pounds collected past year was 8,615 pounds and in MA the count total 27,294 pounds of unused or expired drugs that could have done a lot of harm if they fell into the wrong hands".
A recent study showed almost 6.5 million Americans have abused prescription drugs, and that same study said a majority of those abusers got the drugs from family and friends, and often from a medicine cabinet.
As much as awareness of keeping medications secure is important, disposing of prescription drugs no longer being used or outdated is more important than ever.
Image courtesy of the Flower Mound Police Department.
The Juenau Police Department states that people can dispose of prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.
Joint Base Charleston: Joint Base Charleston is accepting unwanted medication for safe disposal at the Navy Exchange, located at 1765 Redbank Road, Suite 100 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Area law enforcement, federal drug enforcement and Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson have teamed up for the National Prescription Drug Takeback Day. Putting medications in the trash is not proper disposal, and flushing medications down the toilet can also create poor effects on public health and the environment.