Somerville: DEA Sponsors Disposal of Addictive Prescription Drugs

Georgia Reed
October 26, 2017

Maryland law enforcement officials said that past initiatives have been successful and that they have collected over 91,000 pounds of prescription medications across the state. Over six million Americans, age 12 and over - 2.4 percent of the population - abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released last fall.

Bring your pills in for disposal to any of a variety of locations listed in the event flyer. This will be the 14th national Drug Takeback Day facilitated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, occurring twice each year. Needles, new or used, will not be accepted for disposal.

As an effort to help prevent opioid abuse and accidental overdose, the Drug Enforcement Administration is organizing a no-questions-asked prescription drug disposal day, October 28.

And they're partnering with the DEA to give people a chance to dispose of their unused, expired, or unwanted drugs sitting around the house.

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"The abuse of these prescription drugs has fueled the nation's opioid epidemic, which has led to the largest rate of overdose deaths this country has ever seen".

DEA officials said studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs, such as opioids, are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets.

Flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can cause harmful contaminants to end up in wastewater treatment plants.

The Iowa City Police Department says a lot of drugs or opioid abuse happens at home and often inside medicine cabinets.

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