Police Want Unused Drugs


For the past several years, a new public health concern has been raised about prescription medications getting into public water supplies. It does this when the prescriptions are flushed down the toilet, or even eroded away in landfills. Because prescriptions cause changed within our bodies by altering the way it fights infection and disease, it can have strongly negative consqeuences on fish and wildlife, and even humans as the water cycle progresses.

On Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm, the Wolcott Police Dept. DEA, and CASA (Citizens Against Substance Abuse) will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the police department. Any unwanted and unused drugs will be accepted without any questions asked.

The risk of allowing these drugs to sit around also poses a risk to children and adults. Accordin to a 2009 national survey, about 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

DEA in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout
the United States conducted National Prescription Drug Take Back Days on
Saturday, September 25, 2010 and April 25, 2011.
Nearly, 4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation
participated in these events, collecting more than 309 tons of pills.
Four days after last fall’s Take-Back Day, Congress passed legislation
amending the Controlled Substances Act to allow the DEA to develop a process
for people to safely dispose of their prescription drugs.
DEA immediately began developing this process after President Obama signed
the Safe and Secure Drug Disposal Act of 2010 on October 12.
Until that process is complete, however, DEA will continue to hold Take Back
Days every six months.

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