Drug Take Back Event
NEWS RELEASE - DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT
CITY OF CARBONDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OCTOBER 26 AT THE PUBLIC SAFETY CENTER, 501 SOUTH WASHINGTON STREET
Carbondale, IL– On October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the City of Carbondale Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Carbondale Public Safety Center at 501 South Washington Street. The service is free and anonymous; no questions will be asked.
On April 27, 2013 Americans turned in 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications at over 5,829 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,312 state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners. In its previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in more than 2.8 million pounds-1,409 tons- of pills.
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.
Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amended the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to allow the DEA to develop permanent, ongoing, and responsible methods for disposing of controlled-substance medications. The DEA’s Take-Back events are a significant piece of the White House’s prescription drug abuse prevention strategy released in 2011 by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Disposal of unwanted, unused or expired drugs is one of four strategies for reducing prescription drug abuse and diversion laid out in Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis.