DRBA Police Joins with United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to Participate in Second National Take-Back Initiative (NTBI)
(New Castle, DE) On April 30, 2011, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), working with Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) Police Department as well as state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, will be conducting its second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which focuses on removing potentially dangerous drugs from our nation’s homes. A national take-back day will provide an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceuticals and other medications to law enforcement officers for proper disposal.
What: The DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day offers the public numerous collection sites for proper, safe disposal of controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter medications. This program is absolutely anonymous. No questions or requests for identification will be made by law enforcement personnel present. Participants will be asked to remove any personal information from bottles or packages that contain pills/capsules and liquids and place the bottles or packages into the disposal box. Liquid products and creams in its containers will be accepted.
When: April 30, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: The DRBA Police Department has established three collections sites at the bi-state agency. These collection sites are as follows: New Castle County Airport Terminal; 151 North DuPont Highway; New Castle, Delaware 19720; Cape May Ferry Terminal; 1200 Lincoln Blvd; Cape May, NJ 08204 and Lewes Ferry Terminal; 43 Cape Henlopen Drive; Lewes, Delaware 19958
Why: This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. According to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health more than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
Information about the April event, including a link to locate a collection site near you, will be posted on the DEA website www.dea.gov or you may call 215-238-5172 (Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware).
On Saturday, September 25, 2010, the DEA held its first-ever National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which was very successful in removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation’s medicine cabinets. Approximately 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies participated and more than 121 tons of pills were collected during this event.
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