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Newport Police to sponsor two ‘Prescription Drug Take Back Days’ on October 7th and October 28th


Newport Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public two opportunities to drop off expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for proper disposal.  It is free and anonymous.  Dropping off these medications helps prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  It also provides for environmentally safe disposal.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)

 

Bring your pills for disposal to the Newport Police Station, 120 Broadway, Newport, RI during the October 7th Broadway Street Fair (12-6) or on October 28th for the 7th annual national Prescription Drug Take Back Day (10-2).  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 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.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including 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, please contact Sgt. Joseph C. Carroll, Newport Police at (401) 845-5276

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