Christiansburg police to host Drug Take Back event Saturday, Sept. 29
The Christiansburg Police Department will host a Drug Take Back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Christiansburg Recreation Center, 1600 N. Franklin St. This event will allow the public to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.
The event is held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds — 188.5 tons — of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds — nearly 500 tons — 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 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.
Four days after the first Take Back event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. This amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them with entities authorized by the Attorney General. The act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long-term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the act, a process that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies such as the Christiansburg Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events.
– Submitted by Town of Christiansburg
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