Dump old drugs at drug take-back day
Friday, October 18, 2013
BEDFORD – A Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the Bedford Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Bedford Police Department headquarters, 55 Constitution Drive.
The event will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring medications for disposal to the lobby of the Bedford Police Department. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Please include prescription drugs only. No syringes will be accepted.
Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons – more than 742,000 pounds – of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. The Bedford Police Department collected more than 100 pounds of unwanted medications. In six previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners took in more than 2.8 million pounds – more than 1,400 tons – of pills, creams, capsules and other medications.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are 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 from these drugs, according to the DEA.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, and from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose safety and health hazards.
The DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or pet or their family member or owner) 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’ controlled substances in certain instance.
For more information on the upcoming Drug Take Back event, call the Bedford Police Department at 472-5113.