Rockland schedules drug take back day

Elias Hubbard
April 17, 2018

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Tri-County area is experiencing almost twice the national average of Opioid Drug Overdose deaths.

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 2 p.m. a coalition of local agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th opportunity in 8 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially unsafe expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. "This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue".

Properly and safely disposing of excess medication helps to decrease the potential for thievery, accidental poisoning or overdose, as well as misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. Community members are encouraged to bring in any unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs for this free, anonymous service.

The focus of the Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative is to remove potentially risky pharmaceutical substances from medicine cabinets throughout the state and prevent them from going into the water supply.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 18, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

"The DEA can not accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches will be accepted". Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds-more than 3,500 tons-of pills. The Maine Sheriff's Association is offering the Drug Take-Back Day in conjunction with local police departments and the Hancock County Sheriff's Office.

Tulsa-area residents can also deposit unwanted or unused prescription drugs during operating hours at Tulsa Police Department division headquarters or the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office from 8 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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