The Roswell Police Department will again be part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an initiative of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offering citizens an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The public can bring unwanted and unneeded prescription drugs to the Take Back Day event Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Roswell Police Department (128 W. Second St.). The service is free and those bringing prescription drugs can remain anonymous, no questions asked. Please note, however, the DEA – which will dispose of the collected items – cannot accept liquids or needles; only pills or patches are accepted during this event.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has become a well-used tool for citizens of Roswell and the surrounding area to turn in pills they no longer need or want. Since Roswell began participating in the event in 2011, local citizens have dropped off a total of about 6,000 pounds of old and unused prescription drugs at the Roswell event. The drugs turned in at the Roswell event and other local events throughout the nation are retrieved by DEA officials for disposal by incineration.
This initiative addresses a public safety and public health issue. According to the DEA, medicines that languish in home cabinets are susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. In addition, officials say disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash creates potential safety and health hazards.
More information is available at the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day website.