Help prevent prescription drug abuse and protect public water supplies and landfills by taking advantage of Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd.
The Sugar Land Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration and agencies across the country to collect potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on April 30. The service is free and anonymous — no questions asked.
Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. More Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
Prescription drug abuse is one of the nation’s fastest-growing drug problems.
Four days after last fall’s event, the U.S. Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amended the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the attorney general to accept them.
For more information, visit www.justice.gov/dea/index.htm.