The City of Germantown is participating in a prescription drug “Take-Back” program Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at two locations. Germantown Police will be collecting expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs at Fire Station 4, 3031 Forest Hill-Irene Road, and Kroger, 2130 Exeter Road.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds of pills. In Germantown, over 207 pounds of unwanted and expired prescription drugs have been collected and turned over for proper disposal in the past three years.
The Take Back initiative is a program of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. According to the DEA, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, 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, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
Collection sites in every local community can be found by visiting dea.gov. The site will be updated as more police departments join the effort. For more information on the Germantown event, contact Captain Marc Molina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-7320.