On Saturday, April 27, 2019 between 10 AM and 2 PM the Tehachapi Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription medications. “Prescription medications can be stolen or misused so we encourage everyone to clear out their medicine cabinets of unwanted, unused and expired medications for proper disposal on Saturday April 27,” said Kent Kroeger Chief of Police. Drop off your unwanted, unused and expired medications at the Tehachapi Police Department, 220 W C Street in Tehachapi on Saturday April 27th, 10 AM – 2 PM.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 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. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen 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.
Prescription medicine has been labeled as a constituent of emerging concern by the state regulatory agencies, meaning the impact to the environment is a concern if not responsibly handled. By properly disposing the prescription drugs, it keeps the medicine from entering the environment and possibly harming or degrading the nation’s precious waterways and aquifers. Ultimately, it helps to keep the source of our drinking water clean and safe. The DEA host the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day twice a year and the next event will be in October 2019. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs go to the DEA Diversion website https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/ .
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