Pill 'Take Back' event at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center
The following is a press release from Natalie Taul, Grayson County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences:
On April 26 from 10:00 to 2:00, the Partnership for a Healthy Grayson County and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse by ridding homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring pills for disposal to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center -- under the canopy at the front entrance of the Cave-Bland Building. The DEA, though, cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and people turning in drugs or needles will remain anonymous, with no questions being asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 324 tones of prescription drugs at over 4,000 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous “Take Back” events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds 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 home medicine cabinets.
In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods of disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards.
The DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” – a parent or family member – of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to those authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long-term care facilities to dispose of its resident’s controlled substances in certain instances.