The national prescription drug take back day is an event which is going to unfold on September, 26th from 10AM to 2PM. Many law enforcement agencies nationwide are expected to take part in this event.
All those who have expired medication or pills that they don’t need anymore are expected to bring them to this event to get rid of them. People are asked to put them in plastic bags, except for liquids and powders and this because of safety reasons. Also, sharps and inhalers are forbidden. This initiative tries to avoid water or soil contamination caused by the throwing of pills in the garbage or in the toilet.
The organizers, the police and the Drug Enforcement Administration, tell people that anyone can participate, as the event is free and that they should not worry, as their personal information will not be revealed.
The purpose of this event is to raise awareness concerning the drug abuse. Because of easier availability, people tend to take many pills, thing which endangers their lives. Recent studies reveal that drugs are easily obtained not only from family or friends, but also from the medicine cabinets. Also, it seems that adults are not the only ones to be affected by drug abuse, but also children and teens.
The Take Back event is not at its first edition. In the eight previous years, the Drug Enforcement Administration managed to collect huge amounts of pills, totaling a number of 4.8 million pounds of useless medicine, thing which reveals that people got very receptive when it came about the purpose of this event.
“That is a significant source of supply that has been disrupted just by the simple act of the public taking the time to drop off drugs at the take-back location,” said Clay Morris, a DEA member.
In the U.S., the number of drug abuses and unintentional poisonings are very high, the organizers claim. As it was declared by the Phelps National Prescription Drug Takeback Day and by the Public Safety Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs, the event “addresses a vital public safety and public health issue”.
In order to encourage people to bring their medications and thinking about those we cannot bring them to the established location, Barron County offers four more containers in different locations in order to facilitate the access.
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