Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is set for April 29, but at the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Station every work day is drug take back day. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. With the addition of the Drug Take Back Box we hope to collect more throughout the year and also at the annual events.
Last October, it was reported that Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,200 drug take-back sites. The majority of those who abuse prescription drugs report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet. "DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until proper regulations are in place".
Most of the collection sites are at police departments, but not all. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Traditional methods of disposing unused medications, such as throwing them in the trash or flushing them down a toilet, can pose safety and health hazards.
In October 2016, Windsor County Deputies emptied drop boxes at local police stations and took for incineration 477.6 pounds of medications collected, an increase of 19 pounds from the previous collection.
The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration and aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.
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