GPD taking back unwanted prescription drugs Saturday at high school

Friday, October 25, 2013
Greencastle Police Chief Tom Sutherlin and Greencastle Schools maintenance and transportation director Danny Green greet a pair of participants during a previous Drug Take Back event at Greencastle High School. In addition to Greencastle Police, Green and Greencastle High School Principal Russ Hesler assist with the effort to turn in unused prescription drugs to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

On Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. the Greencastle Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Take medications for disposal to Greencastle High School at 910 E. Washington St., Greencastle. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,829 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.

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.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, 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 is drafting regulations to implement the act.

Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Greencastle Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

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  • This is a great program and is very user-friendly. Thanks to GPD and DEA and all others involved with the process! To those working tomorrow: please remember to take a jacket, 'cause baby it's gonna be cold outside in the mornin'!

    -- Posted by cll on Fri, Oct 25, 2013, at 7:25 PM
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