La Verne PD To Take Back Unwanted Drugs, Oct. 29

October 2, 2011
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police2On October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the La Verne Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to La Verne Police Department at 2061 Third Street.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

DEA in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States conducted National Prescription Drug Take Back Days on Saturday, September 25, 2010 and April 25, 2011. Nearly, 4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation participated in these events, collecting more than 309 tons of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.¬† Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, 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‚ÄĒflushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash‚ÄĒboth pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the September 2010 event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an ‚Äúultimate user‚ÄĚ of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.¬† The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents‚Äô controlled substances in certain instances.¬†

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