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NEW SMYRNA BEACH POLICE SET TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL (DEA) UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TAKE- BACK INITIATIVE - SATURDAY - APRIL 28, 2018

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the NSBPD and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to the NSBPD at 246 Industrial Park Av. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 456 tons (over 912,305 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,321 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,274 of its state and local law enforcement partners.
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 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.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website

https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html