Valley Helps With National Prescription Take Back
POSTED: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 5:44pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 5:45pm
The premise of the National Prescription Drug Take Back initiative is to provide a place for people to discard of any unused and unwanted prescription drugs from their homes to keep them out of reach from potential abusers.
Saturday marked the third National Take Back Prescription Drug event where you could drop off your unwanted medication, no questions asked.
All prescription drugs apply, says Will Glaspy, Special Agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
"Expired, unwanted, anything you've got in your medicine cabinet you want to get out of your household."
More than 7 million Americans abuse of prescription drugs and Glaspy, says many of them are teens.
"You know 63% of teens that participated in a study said that prescription drugs were very easy for them to obtain.
All they had to do was go to the family medicine cabinet and they could get drugs out of there."
According to a survey on drug use and health, the number of Americans using prescription drugs surpasses the combined number of Americans using cocaine, heroin and hallucinogens.
"For the first time ever, drug related incidents, drug related deaths exceeded those of motor vehicle accidents. Drug related deaths within the last decade have more than doubled, and what's fueling that is the abuse of prescription medication."
Glaspy says even local school police departments are now seeing a problem with prescription drugs as well.
"There's a big problem with teenagers having what some people will refer to as a pill party. They'll show up at a party and they will throw pills into a bowl and then they'll pass the bowl around like a pot luck, and those kids have no idea what it is that they're taking."
Even though the take back events are relatively new, agencies have collected over 300 tons of pills.
There were 13 drop off locations in the valley alone and if you missed out on this opportunity, you can log onto www.dea.gov for future collection sites.