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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative

Post Date:04/05/2018 12:08 PM

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest High School, the Unified Police Department Midvale Precinct and the Midvale Mayor and City Council members will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative. This initiative, supervised by Drug Enforcement Administration, coordinates a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. This one-day effort will bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. Last April Utah local law enforcement partners collected 17,364 pounds of unused/unwanted prescriptions; and more than 450 tons were collected nationwide!

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision. The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends — and the home medicine cabinet. Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. When flushed or thrown away, unused medications are hazardous waste that pollutes our waters and environment. The Take-Back programs offer a secure and environmentally sound way to dispose of leftover medications.

 The program is anonymous for participants and all medications collected will be destroyed.

Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing it from the container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain in the original container with the cap tightly sealed. 

 If you are unable to attend the Take-Back event on April 28, we encourage you to drop off your unused or expired medications in the drop box located at the Midvale Police Station lobby. Be sure to stop by during business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Thank you for doing your part to keep medications out of the hands of potential abusers!

 For additional information regarding the National Take-Back Initiative and drug disposal information, please visit www.utahtakeback.org.

 For more information on prescription drug abuse, visit www.opidemic.org or www.DEA.gov.