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EAST HAMPTON — East Hampton police, the Local Prevention Council and Drug Enforcement Administration will host a take back of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
Individuals can bring their pills to the East Hampton Town Hall upper parking lot at 20 E. High St for disposal. The DEA will not accept liquids, needles or medical disposal sharps — only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, according to the department.
Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons, or 900,000 pounds, of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners, according to the federal agency. Overall, in its 13 previous events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds — more than 4,050 tons of pills, a press release said.
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, authorities say. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends and home medicine cabinets, the DEA reports. In addition, Americans are now advised their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — like flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — pose potential safety and health hazards.
For information, visit deadiversion.usdoj.gov.