BPD will be taking back unwanted prescription drugs
BOONVILLE — The Boonville Police Department along with the Drug Enformcent Administration (DEA) will give the citizens of Boonville the ability to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescriptions drugs on October 26. Citizens are urged to bring their medications for disposal to the Boonville Fire Department located at 500 Bingham Road between the hours of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1,400 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 United States are 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, American 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.
DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substance 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 the them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize a long term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substance in certain instances.