The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It’s a great time to clean out your medicine cabinets. You can take your unused, unwanted and expired medications for disposal to the YCSO Foothills Substation at 13190 E. South Frontage Road. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This is the DEA’s seventh take-back event in three years providing the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
In April 2013, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 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.
If you miss this event, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office main office and the Foothills Substation serve as full-time drop-off location. For more information regarding the YCSO Prescriprion Drug Take-Back Program, please visit http://yumacountysheriff.org/services-drug_disposal.html.