Drug Take Back
The Old Town Police Department participates in nationwide Drug Take-Back events sponsored by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency. Twice a year at locations around the country, Police collect unused and unwanted prescription drugs and are then transferred to DEA for proper disposal.
In a press release dated April 16, 2012, DEA stated that Americans participating in DEA’s three previous Take-Back Days turned in nearly one million pounds, almost 500 tons, of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by more than 4,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners. Last fall’s event encouraged participation by long term care facilities and Indian Nations as well as the general public.
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. The rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high. According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there has been an increase of Americans currently abusing prescription drugs more than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined! Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends and easily obtaining them from the home medicine cabinet.
“Prescription drug abuse is a major epidemic across the country and DEA is committed to reducing the potential for misuse by providing a safe and secure method for Americans to clean out their medicine cabinets and properly dispose of unwanted, unneeded, or expired medications,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Americans responded overwhelmingly to DEA’s first three Take-Back Day events, disposing of nearly 500 tons of medication in the past two years. This nationwide community effort prevents home medicine cabinets from becoming sources of dangerous and even deadly drugs."
For more information on the next event and collection sites, please visit the Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control website.