Are you Participating in 'Drug Take-Back Day?'
Dover, Del. - The National Drug Take Back Day event is on Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with 31 collection sites located throughout Delaware. Officials say this event gives the public an opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted medications.
Anyone can simply bring medications for disposal to any of the 31 collection sites. Prescription and over-the-counter pills, liquids, and cream medications will all be accepted - even pet medication.
"I take prescription medications and get rid of them properly," said Lorna Hoffman. "Some people flush them down the toilet."
This Drug Take Back Day event addresses a vital public health and safety issue. Americans are now advised that their past methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential health and safety hazards. Though not at dangerous levels yet, traces of several drugs have been found in private and public water systems throughout Delaware.
Dr. Lazier Gusmanna from Community Health Pharmacy states medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to 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," he said. "Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends—and that includes the home medicine cabinet."
The service is free and anonymous — no questions asked. All efforts will be made to protect the identity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made by law enforcement personnel present