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North Haven Substance Abuse Action Council To 'Take Back' Prescription Drugs

Event scheduled for Sept. 29 at Fire Headquarters

The (the SAAC) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs, according to a press release.

On September 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents can bring their medications for disposal to at 11 Broadway, North Haven. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at more than 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 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.

jeff September 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Everyone should take a few minutes to look at their medicine cabinets to see if they can eliminate unwanted or expired pills. Too many kids experiment with pills, and that can quickly lead to addiction. Opiate abusers ultimately turn to heroin. We've lost too many lives in America from either pills or heroin. Teen addicts in treatment tell Myteensavers that they never thought their recreational pill use would lead them to heroin, but it did. They advocate frequent parental conversations and home drug testing to help detect early drug use.

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