Drop off sites open Saturday for "Prescription Drug Take Back Day"
- Author: Santos West Oct 25, 2017,
Oct 25, 2017, 0:28
Attorney General Steve Marshall is urging Alabamians to participate in the DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Residents can bring pills and other solids, such as patches, to the collection sites.
The DEA can not accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. Additional strategies include education of health care providers, patients, parents and youth; establishing prescription drug monitoring programs in all 50 states; and increased enforcement to address illicit methods of prescription drug diversion. "Disposing of unused medications is a step in the right direction by helping to prevent drug thefts, abuse and overdoses". Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are alarmingly high, as are the numbers of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
"In addition to posing serious health and safety hazards, unused prescription drugs collecting in our homes can create unintended gateways to addiction, fueling the heroin and opioid abuse crisis", said the senators in a joint statement. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds-more than 4,050 tons-of pills. Most abused prescription drugs were taken from family and friends - often snatched from a home medicine cabinet.
Acadia Parish will also hold a drug take back event that same day.
A drop off site will be at the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, 2500 Kozloski Road, and a sheriff's officer will be present from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.
Liquids will be accepted during this initiative.
New drop-off locations are added on a regular basis to the DEA website.
To locate the state police post closest to your home or business, click this link for Indiana State Police on the Map. According to Marshall, there are approximately 70 collections sites across the state.