[Richmond, TX] – On Saturday, October 27,
2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Richmond Police Department and the Drug
Enforcement Administration will give the public its 16th opportunity in 7 years
to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous
expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Richmond
Police Department at 600 Preston Street Richmond, TX 77469. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or
sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last fall Americans turned in
456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites
operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement
partners. Overall, in its 14 previous
Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million
pounds—more than 4,500 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. The Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health
shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription
drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication
being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now
advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing
them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety
and health hazards.
For more information about
the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28 Take Back Day event,
go to www.DEATakeBack.com