On 28 April 2012, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs from our nation’s medicine cabinets.
Mexico Public Safety, the Vandalia Police Department, the Audrain County Sheriff’s office, and the Audrain City-County Health Unit (ACCHU) are collaborating to offer this free national event for Audrain County.
The event will be held simultaneously at the Audrain City-County Health Unit facility, 605 East Promenade, Mexico, Mo. and the Vandalia Police Department, 201 East Park, Vandalia, Mo.
This national take-back day will provide a unified opportunity for the public to turn-in expired, unwanted, or unused prescription drugs to law enforcement officers for destruction.
This program is anonymous. No questions will be asked, and no requests for identification will be made.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to alteration, 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, environmental, and public health hazards.
Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. If an original container is submitted, the individual will be encouraged to remove any identifying information from the prescription label. All pharmaceutical solid dosage product and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, shall remain sealed in their original container. The depositor shall ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage. DEA will bear the cost of destruction of these materials. Used intra-venous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens. Please, no needles at all.
“This is a great opportunity for everyone in Audrain County to clean out old, potentially hazardous medications from our homes and businesses, and dispose of them properly,” said ACCHU Administrator Kevin Lowrance. “Proper drug disposal is an emerging environmental public health issue. Pharmaceuticals in the water supply is fast becoming a major problem nationwide, and we’re not immune to similar issues here in Audrain County.”
More information available at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.