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.
“The overwhelming public response to DEA’s first nationwide Take-Back event last fall not only rid homes of potentially harmful prescription drugs, but was an unprecedented opportunity to educate everyone about the growing prescription drug abuse problem,” said DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. “Studies have shown that, for many, prescription drugs are the very first drugs they abuse-and all too often they aren’t the last. That is why we are committed to helping Americans keep their homes safe by ridding their medicine cabinets of expired, unused, and unwanted drugs.”
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.
Other participants in this year’s Take-Back event include the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, D.A.R.E. America, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the U. S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the National District Attorneys Association, the National Sheriffs Association and The Partnership at Drugfree.org.
For more information, visit www.justice.gov/dea/index.htm.