On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2.pm. the Appanoose County Sheriff and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public itâ??s eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
These prescription drugs can be taken to the Sheriffâ??s Office at the Appanoose County Law Center for disposal, however, the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 34 tons of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sited operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous take back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds of pills.
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 shoe hat 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 â?? flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trashâ??both pose potential safety and health hazards.
DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 201, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an â??ultimate userâ?? of controlled substance medications to dispose of them buy 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 residentsâ?? controlled substances in certain instances.