GOT DRUGS? MEDICINE COLLECTION SEPTEMBER 27th
Get Rid of Unwanted Prescription Drugs SEPTEMBER 27
On September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. NO liquids or needles or sharps. Only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.