CPD hosts seventh drug take back campaign

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Cassville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give area resident their seventh opportunity in three years to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted drugs.

Residents are asked to take their medications for disposal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 to Cassville City Hall, Council Chamber/Municipal Court Room, located at 300 Main St. The entrance is in the back. The service is free and anonymous, no questions will be asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons -- over 742,000 pounds -- 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 2.8 million pounds -- more than 1,400 tons of pills.

"This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue," Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr said. "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.

The DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances 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 them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances in certain instances.

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