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Police Departments Across Region Participate in Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Police Departments Across Region Participate in Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Pennsylvania State Police are participating in the 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. "Keeping unused, unnecessary, or expired medication in homes increases the risk of it being abused". It leads to accidental poisonings, abuse and overdoses.

"Given that many start their cycle of addiction through the abuse of prescription drugs, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative is a safe, convenient, and effective means of preventing old and unused medicine from abuse", stated Special Agent in Charge Barbara Roach of the DEA's Denver Field Division. "And it's an opportunity for the citizens of DE to clean out their medicine cabinets, get rid of prescription or non-prescription drugs, even pet medication (s) they accept, to get it away from your home", said Leitzinger. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. In 2016, 308 people died from drug overdoses, compared to 228 in 2015 and 222 in 2014.

As of October 18, 2017, there have been 180 suspected drug overdose deaths in Delaware.

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From 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturday, members of the community can bring expired or purposeless medicine to the Pascagoula Senior Center or to the Pascagoula Police Department. Overall, the DEA and its partners have collected more than eight million pounds of pills since the program's inception. Armed law enforcement officers will be present at each drop-off site.

"Just throwing them in the trash doesn't necessarily get them out of the hands of those who may misuse them". It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Instead of them ending up in the water supply, flushed down the toilet, or in a landfill, they are picked up.