On April 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Truth or Consequences Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Truth or Consequences Police Department at 507 McAdoo. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States. At particular risk are young people, for whom prescription drugs are now the second-most abused category of drugs after marijuana. Mirroring the rise in the number of prescriptions for opioid pain relievers in recent years, drug-induced deaths have increased dramatically and are second only to motor vehicle fatalities.
The coordinated efforts of the DEA and almost 4,000 state and local agencies through the previous three National Take-Back Days has resulted in the removal of almost 500 tons of medication from circulation.
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.
Congress passed the Secure & Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, four days after the inaugural Take-Back event, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” 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. DEA has begun drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like Truth or Consequences and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.
The National Take-Back Initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.
The Truth or Consequences Police Department invites the public to be proactive and bring your medications expired, unused, and unwanted medications to the police department at 507 McAdoo on April 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., for disposal. The service is free and anonymous, NO Questions Asked.