The Morehead Police Department, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department, Rowan UNITE and the Rowan County Board of Education are joining forces with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to hold the first-ever prescription drug “Take-Back” day, part of a nationwide initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. On Saturday, September 25, 2010, DEA representatives will be at the Carl Perkins Community Center from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. to collect expired, unused, or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter drugs to be destroyed. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The “Take-Back” initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets present a dangerous opportunity for misuse and abuse. Prescription drug abuse across the nation is increasing at an alarming rate, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Many families in the Rowan County community know all too well the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Americans often do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicines, sometimes flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, both of which pose potential safety, health and environmental hazards.
“Today we are launching a first-ever National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign that will provide a safe way for Americans to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs,” said Michele M. Leonhart, Acting Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration. “This effort symbolizes DEA’s commitment to halting the disturbing rise in addiction caused by their misuse and abuse. Working together with our state and local partners, the medical community, anti-drug coalitions, and a concerned public, we will eliminate a major source of abused prescription drugs, and reduce the hazard they pose to our families and communities in a safe, legal, and environmentally sound way.”
Mike Adams, Police Chief for the Morehead Police Department stated, “The Morehead Police Department is happy to be partnering with the DEA and other local organizations to attempt to get some pills off the street. We are constantly looking for new and different avenues to fight our prescription drug abuse epidemic. Hopefully this will be a successful step.”
For more information about the National Prescription Take-Back Day, you can go to www.dea.gov or call the Morehead Police Department at 784-7511.
As Rowan County Schools Superintendent Marvin Moore said, “By participating in the National Prescription Take-Back program, we are working together to strengthen our community and make our homes safer.”