The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at many local police departments across Cape Cod. This is a great opportunity for those who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Prescription drugs that languish in medicine cabinets create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high; almost twice as many Americans (6.8 million) currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In the 6 previous Take-Back events, the DEA has collected more than 2.8 million pounds of prescription medications were removed from circulation. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.
Cape Cod Collection Sites: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
|BARNSTABLE POLICE DEPARTMENT|
|BOURNE POLICE DEPARTMENT/BOARD OF HEALTH|
|BREWSTER POLICE DEPARTMENT|
|DENNIS POLICE DEPARTMENT|
|EASTHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT|
|EDGARTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT|
|FALMOUTH POLICE DEPARTMENT|
|HARWICH POLICE DEPARTMENT|
|NANTUCKET POLICE DEPARTMENT|
|ORLEANS POLICE DEPARTMENT|
|PLYMOUTH POLICE DEPARTMENT|
|TISBURY POLICE DEPARTMENT|
|WELLFLEET POLICE DEPARTMENT|
|YARMOUTH POLICE DEPARTMENTFor More Information Visit the DEA Website|