High Point Police hold Medicine Take Back program
The High Point Police Department wants your unused drugs.
The department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host its Medicine Take Back program at the Walgreens Pharmacy at 2758 S. Main Street on Saturday. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is designed to prevent pill abuse and theft by getting expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs out of the house. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
“We do this program twice a year, one in the spring and one in the fall. At our last one, we had a great turnout. This gives residents a chance to get rid of their unused or unwanted medication. We have a permanent drop-box at the station but this gives them the opportunity, if they can’t get a way to the police department, to drop the medications off,” said High Point Police Detective C. Queen.
This is the sixth time the program has been held in the last three years.
Last September, it is reported that Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in more than 2 million pounds — over a thousand tons — of pills.
“We take any type of medication. One of the growing problems right now is prescription pain medication abuse, whether it’s narcotic prescriptions or other prescription drugs that people may abuse whether it’s by selling them or taking them,” Queen said. “By people getting those out of their homes, it reduces the risk of them being stolen, either by family members or complete strangers.”
According to the release, the 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.
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