The Beckley Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration will provide the public with an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Raleigh County Commission on Aging.
BPD officers said this opportunity will allow the public to prevent pill abuse and theft from their homes.
According to a press release from BPD, Americans turned in 450 tons, over 900,000 pounds, of prescription drugs last April at almost 5,500 different sites during drug take back events operated by the DEA and its state and local law enforcement officers.
Overall, during 13 previous take back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 4,000 tons or prescription drugs.
BPD Capt. David Farley said in a press release the initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.
“Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse,” he said. “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 medicine, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards,” the release stated.
During the event, the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps; only pills or patches are permitted.
The service is free and anonymous.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the take back day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or contact the BPD at 304-256-1708.
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