EAST HAMPTON On Saturday, April 29, the East Hampton Police Department and Local Prevention Council will be participating with the Drug Enforcement Agency, (DEA) in a nationwide Take-Back Initiative of pharmaceutical substances and other medications.
Organizers will also provide informational handbooks to help educate the community on safe handling of prescription medications and proper disposal methods. Overall, in a span of 12 years, the DEA and law enforcement partners have collected a total of over 7.1 million pounds of pills.
Any questions regarding the event please call the Milford Police Crime Prevention Unit at (203) 874-2366 or visit the DEA website at dea.gov and click on "National Prescription Take-Back Day" for more information. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA and Williamson County are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
The event is part of a national initiative to prevent health and environmental hazards that can result from unused and outdated drugs. Medicines that are in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, the release states, and the rate of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high. But there are permanent drug take back sites in our region. Studies show that most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Unused prescription medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused and abused.